Calling to the faithful
Crete has had strong Christian and Muslim influence in its history
and both the fortess's contents and the skyline of Rethymnon makes
this very clear.
The chapel within the Fortress of Rethymnon seen from the front.
The chapel is dedicated to St. Catharine, who was martyred on a spiked
wheel, the original Catharine Wheel. Remember children, don't play
with fireworks or spiked chariot wheels with Christian virgins
strapped to them.
As far as I could make out from the eclesiastical cyrillic, this is St. Christopher.
So why has he got an animal's head?
Right next to the chapel is the rather larger mosque.
The mihrab within the mosque indicates the direction of mecca
The churches all have clock towers to summon the faithful. These are
all computer controlled and were suffering from a problem when I was
there. Apparently this year Crete (and the rest of Europe) changed
from Summer time to Winter time later than usual. The programs that
control the church clocks had not been adjust ed though and were all
an hour out while I was there. Apparently the first Sunday they were
wrong for caused serious chaos.
Photos of the mosque towers to follow.)