The church of the Archangel Michael was built on a slope during the second half of the 6th century, as can be concluded by the architectural data, the mosaic floor and the first layer of paintings. It is a centrally-planned building with a semi-circular conch flanked by vaulted pastophoria, a domed narthex and an atrium. The exterior of the church was restored some years ago and the restoration of the interior of the church was recently completed.

The restoration process revealed several layers of frescoes the first of which dates back to the 6th – 7th century. The second dates back to the 9th century and was covered during the iconoclasm by white plaster. During the second Byzantine period the temple was transformed into an episcopic church and was painted with exquisite frescoes in the 12th century that were completed in the 14th century by the painter Michael Veneris.

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Chania, Crete, Greece

Stavros, Akrotiri, Chania
Tel:  +30 28210 39001-4
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