Church of Saint Titus, Heraklion

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Overlooking the eponymous square, Church of Saint Titus is dedicated to the island's first bishop, whose skull was once kept in the temple. Originally built as an Orthodox church by a 10th-century Byzantine emperor who liberated the island from the Arabs, the church was turned first into a Catholic temple by the Venetians and then into a mosque by the Ottomans. The present building owes its eclectic appearance to the Ottoman architect Athanasios Mousis, who rebuilt it after the earthquake of 1856. Make Church of Saint Titus part of your personalized Heraklion itinerary using our Heraklion online trip maker.
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  • This is a very quick stop as you wander around the old town. It has a rather simple façade and dark interior. 
    This is a very quick stop as you wander around the old town. It has a rather simple façade and dark interior.  more »
  • Church dating back to 9th century - was converted into a Catholic church by the Venetians, later it became a mosque under the Ottoman rule when the bell tower was used as a minaret. Since 1925 it... 
    Church dating back to 9th century - was converted into a Catholic church by the Venetians, later it became a mosque under the Ottoman rule when the bell tower was used as a minaret. Since 1925 it...  more »
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  • A beautiful, old church in the middle of the city. The layout isn’t typical for Orthodox churches; it was converted from a mosque. It contains - allegedly - the skull of St. Titus from the New Testament.
  • One of the most interesting churches in Heraklion. It houses the supposed head of St Titus, mentioned in the New Testament as the founder of the Cretan Church. The church Has a large number of icons and beautiful painting on the interior. It was formerly a mosque, but was later converted into Christian church.

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