Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Agios Nikolaos tis Stegis Church - Cyprus

Last month Paulo surprised me again and an huge envelope full of cards that he got in a tourism fair and from a few other places. Most of the cards are from Portugal but there are a few from other countries too. 
The 1st of these cards was sent by him and the other by Luís. Both show the Church of Agios Nikolaos tis Stegis, one of the Painted Churches in the Troodos Region, classified as UNESCO WHS in 1985. 

The church of Agios Nikolaos tis Stegis (St. Nicholas of the Roof) is located in the Solea Valley (5km from Kakopetria village).
The domed cross-in-square church once belonged to a monastery complex and derives its name from its pitched timber roof that was built to protect it from the weather. It is the only surviving monastery church of its kind on the island and is covered entirely in wall paintings from the 11th to the 17th centuries, with the most important surviving set on the island from this period. As such, it is considered one of the most interesting Byzantine churches in Cyprus.

The church itself is dated to the 11th century, whilst the monastery dated to the end of the 13th or the beginning of the 14th century and flourished from the Middle Byzantine period up to the period of Frankish rule. It declined during the 18th century and ceased to function as a monastery by the end of the 19th century. - in:

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