The ceremony started early this morning, with a Holy Mass celebrated in the Cathedral of the city, on Chalidon Street. At the same time, a group of men (and a woman) were getting ready at the old Venetian port to dive into the clear waters and rescue the cross, in the hope of a blessed 2018.

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On December 15 the Greek Orthodox faith celebrates Agios Eleftherios, and that day is also the only day during the year wheve it is possible to visit Fortress of Intzedin, in Crete. Inside the fortress there is a small church built in honour to the saint.

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