Tuesday 14 April 2015

One more Byzantine church

We found out that a little Byzantine church in our area was to re-open. The land on which the church is situated used to belong to the biggest landowner in our area. When he died a big company purchased the land and closed the church to the public. Now another company has bought the land and the church was be open for the first time on Good Friday, so we decided to go and have a look.

To get to the church we had to walk down this path

with a stream to our right

and spring wild flowers to our left.

We met the priest on our way who gave us some information on the history of the church


Over the little bridge

and there it was: the church of the Eisodion Theotokou

built in the 13th century.

Cute beyond words

A view of  the south side

which is where the graves of the landowning family are


four free-standing candelabra by the entrance.

We walked in and the whole place was a hub of activity

as women were decorating the Epitaphios

some were preparing the flower garlands while others were placing them on

looking closer


The church has been restored with the exception of the frescoes

which date from the 17th and 18th centuries

sticky tape has been placed over parts of some of the frescoes to prevent the plaster from falling

I hope money can be found for the restoration soon

some of the frescoes are more recent, and these were painted by Aginora Asteriades in the 1930s


the dome

some nice wrought-iron work over the arches


the windows are delightful

When we walked out again we noticed the old well

which is wind-powered

one last close look before we left.


  1. What a treasure! I am an atheist (having been brought up both as Orthodox and Calvanist!) but I have a deep aesthetic love of Byzantine church architecture and decoration. I do hope that the frescoes are saved from further decay. What a lovely find: both the church and its surroundings.

    1. I am an atheist too, and furthermore, do not like going inside Greek churches much, but like you I love these gorgeous little Byzantine churches. It was a real delight discovering this one. As for the frescoes, hopefully they will be restored - the Greek Church is very rich, and they should be able to find the money.