The byzantine church of Archangelos Michail (Archangel Michael) is located in the hilly village of Sarakina, Chania, in a distance of about 12 km from Paleochora. The church is about 100 meters away from the road, on a path on the right side of the road just before entering the village, and you reach it right after a small bridge crossing a river. There is a small sign on the road, but it is inconspicuous. You can find the key of the church either near the door of the church or in the “kafenio” (traditional cafe) of the village.
The small stone-built church of Archangelos Michail features exceptional hagiography murals dating back to 1325 AD, among which an especial hagiography portraying St. George on horseback, along with a young man with a pointed cap and cup in hand, which, according to tradition, is the young paphlagonian the Saint saved from captivity and reunited with his parents. The built icon screen is also characteristic, as it is rare among local churches.
The byzantine church of Archangelos Michail in Sarakina is a beautiful and distinctive church that will richly reward you for the little more time you will have to spend to find it.