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Churches and Monasteries with Wall Paintings depicting St. Paul


Island of saints, painted churches, myths and miracle-working icons.


 

 

The Church of Saints Paul and Barnabas – Pafos
Built recently, it lies in the centre of town. Saints Paul and Barnabas are depicted in several places inside the church. The church is dedicated to St. Paul and attracts many faithful especially during Christian feast days.

 

 

The Church of Agia Paraskevi – Geroskipou
Built in the 9th century, it is a three–aisled basilica with five domes in the form of a cross. It has the oldest wall paintings found in Cyprus dating to the 9th century. It also has 12th and 15th century wall paintings, excellent examples of Byzantine art. It is considered to be one of the most important Byzantine churches in Cyprus

 

 

 

The Church of Panagia Chryseleousa – Emba
Built in the late 12th or early 13th century, it is considered to be a Byzantine monument of great value. It is a three–aisled church with two domes decorated with superb wall paintings from the 13th, 15th and 16th centuries. In the apse is a picture of Christ Pantokrator surrounded by Angels. The wooden carved iconostasis dates to 1747. 

 

 

Agios Neophytos Monastery – Tala
The monastery is built at the bottom of a deep valley about 10 km north of Pafos at an altitude of about 410 m above sea level. The church of the monastery is a basilica whose dome has Venetian architectural influences. The aisles of the church are separated by two rows of columns, with carved pseudo Corinthian capitals. The apse of the church is decorated with scenes from the Communion of the Apostles, as well as with officiating prelates. The iconostasis is a superb example of the art of woodcarving. A museum within the monastery showcases various ecclesiastical as well as archeological exhibits.

 





 
The Encleistra of Agios Neophytos – Tala
At about 100 metres to the east of the monastery lies the cave which Agios Neophytos carved out of the hill. All that survives today from the Encleistra are the nave, the church of the Holly Cross, the saint’s cell and the altar. Visitors can admire the marvellous wall paintings such as that of Agios Neophytos praying between the Archangels Michael and Gabriel, those in the bema and those above the saint’s tomb. 
 





The Church of Agios Nicolas – Galataria
The apse, the eastern wall and part of the western wall of this small arched church are decorated with wall paintings. They are covered with a thick layer of grime which has altered the colours and makes dating difficult. It is possible that both the church and paintings date from the first half of the 16th century.
 




The Church of the Archangel Michael – Choli
This 15th century Byzantine church is a single-aisled church with a vaulted roof and a higher nave. The western walls were pulled down in order to join the church with the nave. The wall paintings date from the 15th or 16th century and are in Byzantine style with a few western influences.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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