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The Early Byzantine chapel of Saint Nicholas (Agios Nikolaos), the patron saint of the Greek sailors, has given its name to the entire city of Agios Nikolaos. The chapel was built on the edge of Cape Nissi near Katholiko beach, after the seventh century and is one of the oldest ones in Crete. The view to the city and the bay of Mirabello is amazing. The temple has a heavy dome, a large arch and very small openings.

The location of the temple is not just a coincidence, as it protected the sailors who used the bay Katholiko as the main port in the area for several centuries. In Venetian maps it is marked as Porto di San Nicolo, meaning Port of Agios Nikolaos.

WS View through the window of the apse to the interior of the chapel and the front door

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Additional Photos by Aleksandar Dekanski (dekanski) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 321 W: 129 N: 1531] (9289)
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