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Muliana Village in East Crete Muliana Village in East Crete Muliana Village in East Crete
This is an area of considerable archaeological interest from which there have been many finds. In 1903 Stephanos Xanthoudides excavated two tholos tombs of the Late Μinoan period at Sellades and subsequently tombs of the Protogeometric period. In the first were found both cremation and interment burials, which is characteristic of the priod.
Among the finds were a gold mask, a false-neck amphora (stirrup jar), vessels of pottery and of bronze, a sword and a bronze buckle. A very important find was a Protogeometric bell-krateron one side of which is depicted a huntsman pursuing two "agrimia",wild goats, and on the other side is the earliest representation found in Crete of a man on horseback.
Muliana Village in East Crete From the book "Sitia", N.Papadakis, Arcaeologist,1983
Saint John the Theologian at Mesa Mouliana
The original three-aisled church, dedicated to St. John, the All-Holy Virgin and the Holy Trinity is the result of three successive interpolations to a single-nave, domed church of the middle Byzantine period. The church was expanded in the period of Venetian occupation with the addition of the south aisle, dedicated today to St. Charalambos. The two existing aisles were extended to the west in the 19th century and the north aisle was added at the same time, dedicated to the Holy Trinity. Three new doorframes were opened on the west side of the church, one for each aisle, of which the central one was formed monumentally being the base for the twin-lobed, tall, belfry. The church preserves wall painting decoration in its interior only in the apse of the sanctuary, which probably dates to the 14th century. The Deesis is depicted on the semi-dome of the apse and, on the semi-circle, five hierarchs with multi-cross chasubles who hold closed Gospels as well as St. Jacob, in the north corner, who appears to be accompanying the hierarchs, turned facing right, wearing the garment of an apostle and not of a hierarch as we find him in corresponding representations.