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Pafos Churches

Among the innumerable churches of the town and district of Pafos, the most important are the following:

 


Agia Paraskevi
in the village of Geroskipou. The oldest of the multi-domed churches of Cyprus. It is a 9th century vaulted basilica with five domes. Very few of its original wall-paintings are preserved. Some other surviving frescoes are 11th and 12th century work, the majority covered by the 15th century paintings.

 

Ρanagia Chryseleousa in the village of Emba. It is a cruciform building with a dome, built at the beginning of the 13th century. The original frescoes are of the 13th century, but most of them date to the 15th century. Some of the excellent icons of the church date to the 16th century.

 

The Panagia Chrysopolitissa church was built in the 13th century over the ruins of the largest Early Byzantine basilica on the island. Within the compound one can see St. Paul's Pillar, where according to tradition Saint Paul was flogged before the Roman Governor Sergius Paulus was converted to Christianity.

 

Panagia Theoskepasti means 'Veiled by God'. The church is devoted to the Virgin Mary, and, according to tradition, a fog was sent by God to protect the original church during the Arab raids. The fog made it invisible to the Arabs as they approached it, and it thus avoided destruction.

 

Panagia Limeniotissa is situated in Kato Pafos, near the harbour.

Built in the early 5th century and dedicated to "Our Lady of the Harbour", which is the meaning of "Limeniotissa", it was almost completely destroyed during the 7th century Arab raids.

 

Agios Georgios Basilica Near a fishing refuge 4.5 km from the village of Pegeia are the ruins of two early Christian basilicas with some very interesting mosaic floors depicting animals.

 Agia Solomoni The church of Agia Solomoni is located at Kato Pafos, Apostolos Pavlos avenue, about a kilometre away from the Kato Pafos harbour. It was carved underground out of limestone and originally was a catacomb, although according to some archaeologists it was originally graves dating back to the Hellenistic period.



Αgioi Kyrikos and Joulitta are situated at the village of Letimbou. It was built in the 15th century. Very few of its frescoes have survived.
 
Agia Ekaterini  lies between the villages of Kritou Terra and Choli. It is a three-aisled edifice with a dome and a narthex. Built in the 15th century it was destroyed by the 1953 earthquake. Today it is in ruins, even though it was re-erected in 1956. Very few of its frescoes have survived.
 

Agios Theodosios lies at Achelia. It is a cruciform building with a dome, built in the 13th century and decorated with fine wall paintings.

Panagia Katholiki is situated in the village of Kouklia. It is of the cruciform type with a dome and is situated to the east of the Sanctuary of Aphrodite. Most probably it was built in the 13th century and modified in the 16th century. It has the 16th century and older wall-paintings.

Archangelos Michael  is at the village of Choli. It is a single-aisled vaulted building of the 16th century with an elevated narthex added later. Its frescoes date to the 16th century, situated in a very secluded spot to the north of Kouklia. It is a small cave-chapel cut out of rock, supposedly used by St. Neophytos, before he moved to the hermitage near Pafos. The remarkable frescoes of the 15th century are preserved in this chapel.

Agios Georghios lies southwest of the village of Choulou. It is a one-aisled church with a dome and a vaulted narthex, decorated with fine frescoes of the 12th century.

Panagia Chorteni is situated north of the village of Pelathousa. It is a single-aisled church with a dome, decorated with frescoes.

 

 


Panagia Chrysopolitissa Church

 

 


Agia Paraskevi Church

 

 

Agios Georgios Basilica

 

Ρanagia Chryseleousa Church

 

Agia Solomoni Church

 

 



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