Agios Antonios (St. Anthony) Verified

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It is a single-nave, barrel vaulted church with a landscaped yard that dates back to the early 15th century, or perhaps a bit earlier. The church is fully painted with murals, which are excellent samples of the Palaiologan art. Today there are only a few presentations left.

On the quadrant of the apse, discernible is the face of Pantocrator (Almighty), in the center of the alcove the “Melismos” (the Holy Liturgy), and in the centre of it, St. John Chrysostom, who, along with baby Jesus (Melismos), stands by an Angel of outstanding beauty, liveliness and grace. On the frieze of the east wall, the “Hospitality of Abraham” was probably once depicted and a little lower on the apse, the “Annunciation”. This speculation is based on the fact that this iconography style is followed in most churches, but also on the fragments that have remained in this place and are identical to these scenes. On the arch over the sanctuary, there are fragments from the scenes of the “Birth” and the “Ascension” of Jesus.

On the arch of the main church there are scenes from the “Twelve Great Feasts” (the Assumption of Mary, the Crucifixion, the Entry into Jerusalem), on the north wall four frontal parapet female Saints and on the south wall four parapet male Saints. On one of the two supporting arcs, five Prophets are depicted. The sound quality of the place was facilitated by some jars that were found to be built-in on the arch of the main church and operated as loudspeakers. In quite a few parts of the mural etched prints, made by visitors over time, are detected.

Over the west entrance, there is the impression made when tiles were placed in the form of a cross. These tiles do not exist nowadays. On the east side, however, there are five glazed tiles, once again in a cross-like form, which were believed to have averted evil influence.

Architecture: single-nave barrel vaulted
Dating: 15th century
Location: Episkopi – on the east side of the village, southwest of the park
Celebration: 17th January
Hagiography: YES
Access: Easy
Visit Options: Open