Salvaging Crete at International Medieval Congress July 7, 2022

The Salvaging Crete team will be presenting July 7, 2022 at the International Medieval Congress in Leeds, England.  Our panel considers the ways these sites challenge our thinking about borders in time and space. Taking up the dichotomies of local - global, center - periphery, and medieval - modern, these papers explore how the chapels […]

Documentation Day Eight: Panagia in “Kakodiki”

Documentation Day Eight: Panagia in “Kakodiki”
Today is our last data collection day. In our daily treks, we have seen that the churches in this mountainous region seem to have been intentionally tucked away in valleys, perched on windy cliffs, or hidden down in gorges. Our last church, noted in the bibliography as the Panagia of Kakodiki, was in fact the […]

Documentation Day Seven: St. George in Anidri

Documentation Day Seven: St. George in Anidri
Last night was an eventful one in the otherwise quiet town of Kandanos. A lovely sunset over the mountains accented sounds of revelry percolating up to the villa from the valley below. In the middle of the night, a huge rainstorm exploded, lasting several hours and so strong that it took out not only our […]

Documentation Day Six: Panagia in Prodromi

Documentation Day Six: Panagia in Prodromi
Today we are doing documentation in the heavens! Our drive from Kandanos towards Prodromi took us over rugged mountains on a high, narrow, winding road. As we crested the mountaintop, we saw clouds nestled around the peaks, and the bright blue sea beyond. Prodromi village, named for Ioannis Prodromos (St. John the Baptist), is a […]

Documentation Day Five: St. Nicholas in Moni

Documentation Day Five: St. Nicholas in Moni
We want to welcome you to the Church of St. Nicholas in the prefecture of Chania, just outside of the small mountain village of Moní. This church is dedicated to Saint Nicholas, whom you might know better as Saint Nick, or Santa Klaus.   The reason we are at this church today is because we […]

Documentation Day Four: Archangel Michael in Kavalariana

Documentation Day Four: Archangel Michael in Kavalariana
This morning, we left Hora Sfkaion and moved to Kandanos, but we had to wend our way up north and around the Samaria Gorge—apparently the largest gorge in Europe and completely impassable except by foot or boat! Along the drive, we noticed nimble goats beside the road and on the cliffs, as well as clumps […]

Work & Play

Work & Play
After three days of intense, rapid data collection, the team needs a break!  We gathered, organized and began to process all of our data (photos and notes and drawings).  We have also begun to flesh out the website.  Check out the new information on St. Nicholas of Maza!  Now, off to the beach in Loutro!!! […]

Documentation Day Three: St. George in Komitades

Documentation Day Three: St. George in Komitades
Today, from our new base in beachy Hora Sfakion, we drove east to the village of Komitades. We started from Giorgos and Anette’s café, who showed us the footpath down the hillside. After navigating the rocky path through olive groves and sheep pastures (guided by the occasional sign), we came upon the church of St. […]

Documentation Day Two: Panagia in Alikampos

Documentation Day Two: Panagia in Alikampos
Unlike yesterday's church in the village square, the Panagia (Dormition of the Virgin), is located on a terrace tucked away in a valley below the village of Alikampos. As the crow flies, we are about 1.5 kilometers from yesterday in Maza, just through the hills.  It is possible that this church was created for a […]

Documentation Day One: St. Nicholas in Maza

Documentation Day One: St. Nicholas in Maza
Today, the team spent the day fully documenting our first church, St. Nicholas in Maza. We took photos of the interior and exterior, in order to be able to create measured architectural drawings, as well as to document the frescoes. We also noted conditions with an eye towards long-term conservation. The initial assessment of the […]