Cathedral of Eisodion tis Theotokou in Chania, Crete
Chania Churches & Monastereis - The Cathedral of Eisodion tis Theotokou is a prominent landmark in the heart of Chania, Crete. As the Cathedral Temple of Chania and the Metropolitan center, it is also known as the Protector of the City. The Temple is the focal point for religious, oblative, and devotional activities for the faithful population of Chania. The historical significance of the Temple spans over 150 years and is recognized as one of the remarkable historical monuments of Crete.
According to historical records, the site of the Cathedral Temple was home to a small temple dedicated to Eisodia of Theotokos in the 11th century. The Venetians demolished the small temple, erecting a big storehouse for their monastery opposite it on Halidon Street. The storehouse was later converted into a soap-making workshop by the Turks who enslaved Crete in 1695. The manufacture of temples was completed in 1860, and the Temple of Eisodion became the prominent landmark it is today.
The Cathedral of Eisodion tis Theotokou in Chania, Crete, is also referred to as Trimartyri due to its three aisles. The central aisle is dedicated to Eisodia of Theotokos, the right aisle honors the Three Hierarches, Fathers, and Protectors of Greek Language, while the left aisle is dedicated to Agios Nikolaos, replacing the homonym Temple of Splantzia that the Turks had converted into a mosque. The Temple celebrates Eisodion of Theotokos every November 21, which is also a holiday for the City of Chania. Embrace the spirituality of the city and visit the remarkable Cathedral of Eisodion tis Theotokou.