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Church Nativity of Theotokos

The church dedicated to the Nativity of Theotokos (Virgin Mary) is located at the village’s centre. It is the community’s most important church. The church is also known as the church of Panayia (Virgin Mary) Chryseleousis. The church’s construction began in the beginning of the 20th century and was completed, according to the inscription, in the 1920s.

The church is made of stone, in specific, a kind of stone particular to the area. According to oral tradition, the church was built from stones that the Christians carried from the area of Kamila. At the centre of the church, an impressive dome ends at the east side of the church forming a semicircular arch. The church’s roof, except the dome, is covered with tiles. At the end of the 20th century the whole of the roof was repaired, that is, old tiles were replaced with new ones of the same type.

Internally, the church is decorated by a woodcut iconostasis made by Costas Kaouranis at the beginning of the 21st century. This woodcut iconostasis replaced the old one, which was made out of stone and thus was not decorated in any way. The iconostasis is slightly elevated, that is, it is not built on the same level as the rest of the temple. The main feature of the iconostasis is its icons, which are all made in the same style. The icons that were part of the stone iconostasis are kept at the church’s sanctuary.

The church has a women’s loft, which is common in orthodox churches. Steps lead to the loft which used to lead to the belfry. The church can hold up to 200 people, which is quite satisfying for the village’s needs.



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