CHURCH OF APOSTLES St PETER and St PAUL

APOSTLES St PETER and St PAUL

N° 21 b
Town / Village : Famagusta / Within the walls

District : Famagusta

 

DESCRIPTION :

Three aisled, each ending in a circular apse and all enclosed in a square structure. At its end is a central semi-circular apse and two side chapels. The stucture combines Byzantine apses with gothic pointed arches. The large church of Apostles Peter and Paul was built during the reign of Peter I (1358 – 1369).  Flying buttresses added at a much later date.

Architecturally the building is plain and its interior is not extensively decorated. The church’s north entrance however is richly carved and its decoration follows early gothic motifs (vine leaves, fruits, angels, etc.)

The church was not destroyed by the canon fire of the Ottoman conquest and it was the second church, after the cathedral of St Nicholas, to be turned into a mosque in 1600 in Famagusta. South Wesr corner of West end converted into minaret now half demolished. Tomb of a famous Ottoman can be found in the yard.

During the British colonial period the building was used as barn for storing wheat.

Period : 14th century – 15th century

 

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