Armenian church Saint John the Baptist of Crete
Santi Avedisian, Chairwoman of the Church Council
712 02 Heraklion, Crete
The Armenian church of Heraklion is referred to as the oldest surviving church in Europe. In the year 1669, when Handakas was handed over to the Turks from the Venetians a Turk merchant named Amro, purchased the church from an Armenian mother. Since then it has been able to survive as an Armenian church.