Church of Metamorfosis tou Sotiros (Transfiguration of the Savior) - Plemeniana

Church of Metamorfosis tou Sotiros (Transfiguration of the Savior) – Plemeniana

The byzantine church of Metamorfosis tou Sotiros (Transfiguration of the Savior) is located outside the village of Plemeniana in Chania. To reach it, you pass Plemeniana and continue on the road to Kandanos, and after crossing the junction with the road to Elafonissi, in the place where you see a large church, you turn left into an olive grove and you see the church at the end of the road. The little bit more search you have to do to find it is definitely worthwhile, as it is one of the most impressive churches in the area.

The church has been masterfully restored in recent years, and it is now a real architectural “jewel” of the area. Its interior has been painted by three different hagiographers in the 13th and 14th centuries. Among hagiography murals of exceptional artistic style, we find the Transfiguration, the Baptism, the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, the Birth, the Candlemas and the Last Supper.

The church has been built in the place of an Early Christian temple of the 5th or 6th century, and in its masonry we can distinguish pieces from this old temple, including statues. In the courtyard of the church there is a cemetery. The Metamorfosis tou Sotiros church in Plemeniana is one of the most important examples of Byzantine ecclesiastical architecture, and if you are in the area, you should definitely visit it.