BEDESTAN

BEDESTAN

N° 50 i
Town / Village : Nicosia

District : Nicosia

 

DESCRIPTION :

The Panagia Odegetria church is situated south of Agia Sofia.

A Byzantine basilica of the 5th century possibly existed on this spot.

In the 12th century the church complex was possibly the Orthodox Metropolitan church dedicated to Panagia Odegetria.

In the 14th century the building was renovated and additions were made to it.

The large Byzantine church was altered again in the beginning of the 15th century and at the end of the 15th century the north facade with the impressively decorated gothic entrance was constructed. The dome, which covers the main church’s fourth aisle, was added during the same period.

The building was badly damaged during the Ottoman conquest .

Today it is known with the Turkish word ‘Bedestan’ which means ‘covered market’ since during the Ottoman period the building functioned as a fabrics market and it was also used as a storage space for wheat for a while.

Period : 5th century – 15th century

 

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Some historians had identified this church with that of St Nicholas of the order of St Thomas of Canterbury. Today the identification is considered to be mistaken.

 

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