Church of St. Mary of Panagia Katholiki

Afantou, Greece

Church of St. Mary of Panagia Katholiki is a small stone church originally built sometime in the 5th century AD, on the foundations of an early Christian Basilica. Parts of the foundations are still visible today. The church is triune, which means it's dedicated to three holy people or groups of three. In this case it pays homage to the Holy Mother, St. Luke and to the three Prelates.

At some stage before the 8th century, an earthquake struck the island, causing serious damage to many buildings, including this church at Afandou, which completely collapsed. But the inhabitants were determined to replace their favorite place of worship and so in the years that followed, the little church was gradually re-erected. But it was probably not meant to be because it was again leveled during another earthquake that hit the area towards the end of the 8th century. The chapel was patiently and painstakingly reconstructed for the third time.



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Afantou, Greece
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Founded: 5th century AD
Category: Religious sites in Greece

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Trish Barrett (7 months ago)
Well worth a visit. I love this ancient little gem. Respectful awe a prerequisite.
Marek Grzywacz (2 years ago)
Small church from X-XI century with beautiful frescoes from that period.
George Papadopoulos (2 years ago)
Very nice church and restaurant
Sussana Stathi (2 years ago)
Clean and friendly environment and very good food
Patrik Kovac (4 years ago)
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