Holy Cross church (Pelendri)

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At a 40 minute distance from Limassol, there is the Holy Cross church, located at Plendri village. It is one of the 10 churches included in the UNESCO list of world cultural heritage monuments. Its particular historical values is mainly due to the murals covering the interior of the church, which are excellent samples of byzantine and post-byzantine monumental art.

The form of the church today is the result of many structural interventions during a different times. Its original form, a single-area temple with a dome, is dated back in the mid-12th century. It could actually have had been a cemetery temple then. The church was destroyed by unknown causes and the only part of it that was saved was the eastern arch, which was implemented in the new building, during the end of the 13th or the beginning of the 14th century. Since then, the temple was reconstructed several times in different parts of it. The final building is a 3-area construction with harmonious measurements that so not give away the successive interventions.

According to the inscription found over the eastern arch, the initial phase of the murals is dated back on 1172 – 1172. Parts of these murals are saved on the eastern arch, under the latter murals, created in the 14th century. The murals follow a technique that is rather rare for the 12th century churches in Cyprus. The decoration of the church continued until the 16th century. The murals were restored for the first time in the 1960s and ever since 1985 the church is one of the world cultural heritage monuments.

Those who wish to visit the temple can contact 99 909 393 and 99 662 286.

The visiting hours for the summer season are on Monday — Friday 10:00 - 13:00 and 15:00 - 17:30 and 9:00 - 13:00 on Saturday. The visiting hours for the winter season are 9:00 - 12:00 and 13:00 - 16:30 on Monday — Friday and 09:00 - 13:00 on Saturday.

Header photo: Skevi Louca

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