The Agios Minas Cathedral, Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Heraklion, Crete, Greece. It was built in 1895 and is one of the largest cathedrals in Greece, with a capacity of 8,000 people. Saint Minas, from which the church is named, is the patron saint of Heraklion and his feast day (11th November) there is a public holiday. Located to the left of this church is the original smaller church of Saint Minas. Heraklion has a beautiful old harbour, including its famous Fortress.
Windmill Ruins on the mountain near Elounda, Crete, Greece - Elounda (Ελούντα) is a small fishing town on the northern coast of the island of Crete, north of Agios Nikolaos and south of the seaside resort of Plaka. It is the closest major town to the former Venetian fortress and later leper colony of Spinalonga (Σπιναλόγκα), located on an island officially named Kalydon (Καλυδών). I took this photo from the winding road leading from the mountains above the city.
Monastery of St. George Selinari (Aghios Georgios Selinaris), Káto Eloúnda, Crete, Greece - The monastery and its chapel are situated near the village of Vrahassi, inside the Homonymous Gorge, just off the road connecting Heraklion (aka Iraklio, the Capital of Crete) and Agios Nikolaos. Crete is the largest of the Greek islands. It was once the centre of the Minoan civilization (2700–1420 BC), regarded as the earliest advanced civilization in Europe. Crete is also home to the ancient ruins of Knossos, regarded as Europe's oldest city, with its first palace dating to 1900 BC
Abduction Of Europe, Monument, Agios Nikolaos, Crete, Greece - In Greek mythology, Europa, after whom the continent Europe was named, was the mother of King Minos. It's believed that Zeus was infatuated with Europa and seduced her by transforming himself into a white bull. Europa climbed upon his back and Zeus took her across the sea to the island of Crete, where he revealed his real identity. The statue is located on the far east of the city along the coast by a car park. Agios Nikolaos itself translates to Saint Nicholas, the patron saint of sailors and of Greece. A short ferry ride from Agios Nikolaos will take you to the island of Spinalonga, the old Venetian fortress and then leper colony.
Super Moon, Winding Road in the Mountains, Crete, Greece - I took this photograph on the road leading to Zakros (Zakro, Kato Zakros, Kato Zakros), a site on the eastern coast of the island. The area contains ruins from the Minoan civilization. The town was once dominated by the Palace of Zakro, built around 1900 BC and destroyed around 1450 BC. The ruins of the palace remain, and are a popular tourist spot.
Canopy at Makrigialos, Lasithi, Crete, Greece - Makry Gialos is located on the south-east coast of Crete. North of the town are mountains and valleys leading down to the coast. The main industry in these areas is farming fruits and olives trees. The region has won the Gold Medal for the extra virgin olive oil. About 6 miles from Makry Gialos, is the 15th-century Kapsa Monastery close to the spectacular Perivolakia Gorge. The monastery was destroyed in 1471 and was rebuilt by a hermit, who spent his final years in a cave nearby, which you can visit.
Sunset at Frangokastello (Frangocastello built by the Venetians in 1371-74) in the area of Sfakia, on the south west coast of Crete, 8 miles east of Chora Sfakion and 16 miles west of Plakias. I included the bush on the right to block out rows of cars. There's not much inside the castle, but the views from the top are nice, it's only cheap to go in. The beach here is also beautiful.
The Arkadi Monastery (Moní Arkadhíou) is an Eastern Orthodox monastery, situated 14 miles to the southeast of Rethymnon on the island of Crete in Greece. The Venetian baroque church dates back to the 16th century. During the Cretan resistance of Ottoman rule (in 1866) nearly a thousand Greeks, mostly women, and children sought refuge in the monastery. After three days the Cretans blew up barrels of gunpowder, choosing to sacrifice themselves rather than surrender.
The Jetty and Island at Agios Marina near Platanias, Chania, Crete, Greece - Agios Marina with its beautiful sandy beach are one of the largest tourist resorts in western Crete, located about 7 miles from Venetian harbour town of Chania. I shot this during the middle of the day, the sky was empty of clouds. A good tip is to try and cover the sky if possible in these situations, which also helps fill the frame. The water here is crystal clear and beautiful green/turquoise in colour.