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“Now beautiful after years of restoration”

Agios Petros Church & Monastery
Ranked #48 of 86 things to do in Heraklion
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Reviewed 30 October 2013

I heard that restoration had almost been completed and that recently it was opened for a church service but sadly it was was closed during my visit. Looks very different to when we first saw it around 20 years ago when it was just an empty shell with burials being excavated outside in the yard. New excavations are being carried out just across the road right by the sea and was told that these were Arab / Byzantine graves. Be very careful crossing the busy road but you can walk right round it and see quit a lot from the fence.
There is a little park just down the road (walking away from the Venetian Port) with a really nice café/restaurant called Mare by the edge of the sea. It has a lovely fountain feature which is lit up in the evening.

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Reviewed 19 September 2013

As you stroll eastwards along Venizelou Street from the Natural History Museum towards the harbour, you can't fail to notice the substantial renovations that are undergoing at the church of St Petros. There is only a pavement on the opposite side of what is a busy one way street so to cross over to peer through the railings can be rather dangerous so do take care.

The church was constructed in the early 13th century by Dominican monks but later converted to a mosque, under the guidance of Sultan Ibraham following the Turkish overthrow of the island. As with all mosques, it was reconverted to a church following the Turkish withdrawal.

The site covers an extensive area with lots of ongoing works in place, including excavations of ancient graveyards as well as the rebuilding of the church itself. A door was open so we took a quick look inside but it was too gloomy to really see anything other than a couple of stonemasons who were having their tea break. The site also continues on the other side of the road, this is where the main part of the ancient graveyards are located, literally overlooking the sea.

Work has been ongoing here for as long as we can recall, and still looks like it has several years to go. So, at present, you can look through the railings and walk up the side street for a better view of the front of the church itself, but for now, that's about it.

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