CHURCH OF AYIOS GEORGIOS TON HELLENON

AYIOS GEORGIOS TON HELLENON

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

District : Famagusta

 

DESCRIPTION :

The church is built with square sandstone blocks and it is three-aisled with two rows of columns. The dome sits on the square space formed by the second and the third column of each row and the building has groin vaults. In the east the three aisles end in semi-circular apses. The roof has supporting pilars that bear the weight of the building’s central aisle. The church’s windows are simple and pointed whilst the entrances are adomed with carved relirf decoration. No buttresses support the walls.

Unfortunately all that is left of the building are its east end – its central and side apses with their pointed domes – the nave’s south wall and the lower part of the west end.

The interior of the church was adomed with wall paintings but most of them were destroyed after the dome and the upper part of the building collapsed. Some fragments survive in the apses, depicting the figures of saints, but are exposed to the elements and are severely weathered.

Attached to the church’s south side is the ruined small church dedicated to St Symeon.

Period : 12th century – 14th century.

The church was built towards the end of the 12th century and it is a cruciform domed building. The church must have had a narthex originally. In the 13th century a single-aisled domed church was added to the south of St Symeon.

OUTSTANDING VALUE :

The church of St George of the Greeks is the largest Frankish Orthodox church in Cyprus measuring 37,5 x 20,5 m. The building is an interesting example of a Greek Orthodox church with French Gothic architectural features.

This church was possibly Famagusta’s Orthodox cathedral during the 13th century.

 

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It is need emergency preservation. This church seen very bad condition nowaday. Need to be cleared and restored.

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