Kókkini Porta Rossa


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Built in the 13th century, it is cross shaped and adorned with wonderful frescos. It officiated as a mesgit (small mosque) during the ottoman occupation. There is no known testimony for its name before the ottoman period.
The interior was preserved in the 20s. In 1946 the church was inaugurated and dedicated to Agios Fanourios.

The worship of Agios Fanourios started from Rhodes and then expanded initially to Crete and then to the rest of the country. Sources cite that, while workers were digging outside the southern walls, they uncovered the ruins of a church. An icon was found depicting Agios Fanourios in a military uniform, surrounded by scenes of his martyrdom.

Christians show their great respect for Agios Fanourios by baking a traditional cake, the “Fanouropita”. It is small in size and round and is made of flour, sugar, cinnamon, oil, sweet red wine and orange juice. Offering the pie, Christians ask Agios Fanourios for his help in recovering a lost object, a lost case, their health etc.

The Saint's mother is said to have been a sinner. She was cruel to poor people, while others say that she offered herself for payment. Her son tried unsuccessfully to save her from going to Hell.
Worshipers bake these cakes and ask God to forgive her. After the cake gets blessed in the church, it is shared around the neighborhood, the first 7 pieces given to 7 virgins.

Agios Fanourios is celebrated on August 27th.