The village of Sfentili in Heraklion, Crete, has been abandoned by its inhabitants as the village has sunk due to waters from the dam of Aposelemi. However, the past few days the former villagers have managed to return to Sfentili in order to hold a special and unique mass in the church of Agios Theodoros, as the water from the lake has lowered and the church emptied out.
The village of Sfentili in Heraklion, was built at a height of 210 meters and for the past 14 years, it has been gradually flooding with water from the Aposelemi dam leaving it desolated. After the villagers left Sfentili, the church of Agios Theodoros had sunk midway. It is a small Byzantine church dating back to the 14th Century with murals by the Fokas brothers. A few days ago, the church resurfaced, allowing the former villagers and faithful people to return to their place of worship.