Historic Church in Crete On the Verge of Collapse

    The historic church of Virgin Mary Keras in Heraklion, Crete, is facing high risk of collapse after a severe landslide in the region and the adverse weather conditions of the past few days.

    The danger of collapse has caused unrest among the citizens and the bodies responsible for preserving the 14th century AD monument of the city.

    Initially the municipality had decided to proceed with the immediate construction of a retention wall and a watershed channel, while mayor Costas Mamoulakis had constant communication with the Head of the 13th Ephorate of Byzantine Antiquities, in order to speed up the procedures of updating the existing restoration study.

    The church of Virgin Mary Keras was at first a monastery. Several evidence remains from the monks’ cells and the main temple of the monastery dedicated to the worship of Virgin Mary.