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Episkopi, Rethimnou

  Episkopi of Rethimnon is near the National Highway from Rethimnon to Chania, 22km from Rethimnon. Episkopi was the bishopric of Rethimnon during the second Byzantine period, but the bishopric church, Agios Nikolaos, a triple-aisled basilica, is in ruins now. Episkopi is a local market centre on the edges of the majestic Lefka Ori. It is an intriguing village with traditional houses and many alleyways.

This text is cited Nov 2002 from the Crete TOURnet URL below, which contains images.


Episkopi

Episkopi is a principal village of the prefecture and county of Rethimno. It is located at the old national road of Rethimno- Hania .It is 22.5 km near to the city of Rethimno. The village is built at 120 m a.s.l. overlooking the northern coast of Crete, and the green and fertile valley of Mousselas river. Here is the economical center of the area. The name Episcopi means bishopric, and is common to many villages in the island, that used to house in the past the bishop's offices. The religious past of the area is obvious now to the visitor.You can see churches everywhere, some of them with remarkable frescoes. The village of Episkopi is farly old, and is mentioned at the archives having 446 inhabitants before 1583. Because of its geographical location, between Apokoronas and Rethimno, it used to be in the past and especially during the turkish ocupation, the place of numerous battles.


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