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Churches and Monasteries with wall paintings depicting St. Paul

monasteries 1. The Church of Saints Paul and Barnabas - Pafos
Built recently, it lies in the centre of town. Saints Paul and Barnabas
are depicted in several places inside the church. The church is
dedicated to St. Paul and attracts many faithful especially
during Christian feast days.




agia-paraskevi 2. The Church of Agia Paraskevi - Geroskipou
Built in the 9th century, it is a three-aisled basilica with five domes
in the form of a cross. It has the oldest wall paintings found in
Cyprus dating to the 9th century. It also has 12th and 15th century
wall paintings, excellent examples of Byzantine and post Byzantine
art. It is considered to be one of the most important Byzantine
churches in Cyprus.


agios-theodoros 3. The Church of Agios Theodosios - Achelia
This is a domed church in the shape of a free form cross.
The remains of three layers of wall paintings can be seen.
St. Paul and St. Peter can be seen in the second layer of paintings
dating to the 13th century. They are considered to be among the
best examples of 13th century wall paintings in Cyprus.



panayia-chryseleousa 4. The Church of Panagia Chryseleousa – Emba
Built in the late 12th or early 13th century, it is considered to be
a Byzantine monument of great value. It is a three-aisled church
with two domes and decorated with superb wall paintings from
the 13th, 15th and 16th centuries. In the apse is a picture of Christ
Pantokrator surrounded by Angels. The wooden carved iconostasis
dates to 1747.


agios-neofytos 5. Agios Neophytos Monastery – Tala
The Monastery is built at the bottom of a deep valley about 10 km
north of Pafos at a height of about 410 m above sea level.
The church of the monastery is a basilica whose dome has Venetian
architectural influences. The aisles of the church are separated by
two rows of columns, with carved pseudo Corinthian capitals.
The apse of the church is decorated with scenes from the
Communion of the Apostles, as well as with officiating prelates.
The iconostasis is a superb example of the art of woodcarving.
A museum within the monastery showcases various ecclesiastical
as well as archaeological exhibits.

Encleistra 6. The Encleistra of Agios Neophytos – Tala
At about 100 metres to the east of the monastery lies the cave
which Agios Neophytos carved out of the hill. All that survives
today from the Encleistra are the nave, the church of the Holy
Cross, the saint’s cell and the altar. Visitors can admire the
marvellous wall paintings such as that of Agios Neophytos praying
between the Archangels Michael and Gabriel, those in the bema
and those above the saint’s tomb.

agios-nikolas 7. The Church of Agios Nikolas – Galataria
The apse, the eastern wall and part of the western wall of this small
arched church are decorated with wall paintings. They are covered
with a thick layer of grime which has altered the colours and makes
dating difficult. It is possible that both the church and the paintings
date from the first half of the 16th century.


archangel-michael 8. The Church of the Archangel Michael – Choli
This 15th century Byzantine church is a single aisled church with
a vaulted roof and a higher nave. The western walls were pulled
down in order to join the church with the nave. The wall paintings
date from the 15th or 16th century and are in the Byzantine style
with few western influences.


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