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The Byzantine church of Rotonda   - 7th January 2011

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The Byzantine church of Rotonda - click on the image to enlarge

 
The Byzantine church of Rotonda

 

The Byzantine church of Rotonda also called the church of the Archangel Michael is located around 10km to the South of Kolymbari near the village of Episkopi. The church was originally built in the 6th century during the first Byzantine period and became the seat of the Bishop of Kissamos during the second Byzantine period.
Its stepped dome with five concentric rings is unique in Crete (and very rare in Byzantine architecture).

The church has beautiful frescoes ( there seem to be 3 layers which were painted between the 10th and 12th century) but it looks like the church is closed a lot of the time so you might not get a chance to see them.

You can click on the picture to enlarge.

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