Chania Churches & Monasteries - The Agios Nikolaos Splantzia Church in Chania, Crete is an important historical landmark that dates back to the Venetian Period. Originally built as a monastery for the Dominican Order before 1320, it was later transformed into the most significant church in Chania. The church was known for its grandeur, boasting a spacious interior with wide arches. However, during the Turkish occupation of Chania, the church was converted into a mosque called Hiougkar Tzamisi, or the Mosque of the Emperor, in honor of the Ottoman Empire's Sultan Imbraim. It wasn't until 1928 that the church was reclaimed by Christians and rededicated to Agios Nikolaos. Today, the Agios Nikolaos Splantzia Church is a must-see attraction and a testament to Crete's rich history and culture.

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