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Rather than a traditional view of the square and the
Panagia Trimartiri (Virgin of the Three Martyrs) Cathedral in the bg, I've gone with a more adventurous and dramatic view with the statue of the Ecumenical Patriarch Athinagoras in a more prominent position.

Here's a shot I found on the net showing the statue in an unassuming position at far right:

https://greece.terrabook.com/wp-content/uploads/5/MitropoliXanion.jpg

An interesting note on the church:

"The history of the cathedral in the Turkish period is particularly interesting. The Ottomans turned the church into a soap factory. The boiler for the soap ingredients was where the bell tower now stands. However, the icon of the Presentation of the Virgin was kept in a storeroom inside the church, with an oil-lamp always lit before it, on the sufferance of the Turkish Pasha of Chania.

In the mid-19th century a man called A. Tserkaris worked at the soap factory. Legend has it that the Virgin appeared to him in a vision and told him to leave, because she did not want her house to be a soap factory. Tserkaris left, taking the icon with him.

A little later, the child of Mustapha Naili Pasha accidentally fell into the well south of the church. In despair, Mustapha Pasha called upon the Virgin to save his child, in return for which he would give the church back to the Christians of Chania. The Virgin miraculously saved the child, the soap factory was handed over to the Christian community to build a new church, and Tserkaris returned the icon of the Presentation of the Virgin."

Source: https://www.explorecrete.com/chania/EN-chania-03-cathedral.html

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Additional Photos by Chris Jules (ChrisJ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 16722 W: 1065 N: 36229] (166040)
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