CHURCH OF AYIOS GEORGIOS EXORINOS

AYIOS GEORGIOS EXORINOS

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

District : Famagusta

 

DESCRIPTION :

The church was initially single-aisled (nave of three bays) with a hemispherical apse. Its main area was covered with groin vaults and the apse with a half dome. At a later stage two more aisles were added to the church and two pointed arches were opened in the north and south walls so that the aisles could communicate. Belfry to the west probably a later addition.

The church is plain as far as decoration is concerned and it brings out harmony and simplicity. The church is adormed with wall painting most of which have been badly damaged since at some point in time the church was used as a stable. The few surviving wall paintings depict standing saints with Syrian inscriptions.

According to Machairas , the church was built by one of the Lacha brothers who were rich merchants living in Famagusta.

Church now used by Eastern Mediterranean University as concert hall. .

Period : 14th century.

 

OUTSTANDING VALUE :

This church is identified with the Nestorian church that was built slightly before 1360. The Nestorians of Cyprus, that arrived in Famagusta mainly after the fall of Acre in 1291, were mainly merchants and they were Famagusta’s richest class.

 

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