Agia Anna Church

Situated just a few meters west of the Thripti settlement and overlooking the commencement of the stream that gives rise to the impressive Ha Canyon, the Byzantine church of Agia Anna stands as a testament to the rich history of the region. This petite, single-roomed temple is devoted to the Dormition of Saint Anna, and its interior reveals a treasure trove of late 14th and early 15th-century frescoes. Echoes of the Venetian era resonate within, as evidenced by engravings left by travelers of that time, a common sight in the chapels scattered across the Cretan countryside. Intriguingly, according to local tradition, a wooden beam made of fig wood once adorned the entrance, bearing the inscription “I am fig, but I deserve a bit.” Concealed within this beam was a crypt where Christians sought to safeguard their gold coins and valuables from marauding pirates, adding a layer of historical mystery to the spiritual sanctuary of Agia Anna.

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