Ayia Napa chapel (Kantou)

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There are very few churches dedicated to Ayia Napa, that is the Saint of the woods, on the entire island. Apart from the impressive temple at the city’s historical center, there is another church in the Limassol district, significantly smaller, but just as beautiful, with a rather interesting history, which follows the course of the settlements that used to flourish at Kouris river bank.

The church, which is located about 2 kilometers north east to Kantou village, on the western bank of the river, was probably the temple of the little monastery that used to operate in that area. It is constructed in a typical, crossed shape and it has been dated back in the 12th century. Inside the church used to be completely covered with murals, out of which very few still remain today, mostly out of the 2 layers from back in the 12th or 13th and 14th century.

The chapel has 2 entrances, on the south and the west wall. The dome has 4 arched windows to allow light in, similar to another one on the eastern side of the temple. The saved murals represent the death of Virgin Mary, Saint George, Saint Paraskevi and other images. Around the chapel one still can see the foundations of an older settlement, which was probably built around the temple.

The secluded and elegant chapel is worth a visit also for the beautiful surroundings, which transform depending on the hour of the day or the season.

Photos: Constantinos Constanti, George Economides, Marios Apostolides, Panayiotis Mavrommatis, Stavros Stavrou

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