Three churches which are utterly beautiful in their architecture, location and unique in their significance.
Church of Sotiros Christou in Temenia
At the altitude of 686 meters Byzantine church in Temenia village, West Crete. Temenia is a small village between Sougia and Kandanos. It is situated in such a point on the mountains from where it leads to Palechora (13 km), Sougia (22 km) or Kandanos (12 km).
Chapel of the Virgin Mary in Fodele
A little before the El Greco Museum there is the 11th or 12th century Church of Annunciation of the Virgin Mary, with fine frescoes (wall paintings) covering many surfaces, patches remain inside the dome, upon tapering columns, and on the undersides of arches. Larger fragments of saintly figures look upon you with soulful eyes from walls and around the altar.
It is a small and highly important relic of the mid-Byzantine period. A visit here will offer memorable views of icon painting from what many say was a 'golden era' for this art form. The opening hours are 8:30 am to 3 pm, apart from Monday when it is closed.
Having traveled for over 30 years, since 6 years now, I have found the whole world in one of the most fascinating and unique places on earth – Crete. It is a diverse, rich and inspiring island which even after so many years does not stop surprising me - its rich history and unique traditions, its people, the delicacies of Cretan cuisine, its landspace and its stunning nature. Here I reveal some of its secrets.
I see Crete through turquoise - pink glasses.