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Panagia Catholic church (Pelendri)

At the picturesque Pelendri village, the Church in collaboration with the Foundation Anastasios G. Levendis, the Department of Antiquities and the local authorities turned the interior of the medieval temple of Panagia Catholic, into a painting treasury. The exhibits of the monument, some of which are valuable heirlooms of the community from the 12th – 19th century era, are presented in a simple and discreet manner to the visitors.

The temple of Panagia Catholic, a construction dated back in the 16th century with a rectangular shape and a wooden roof with hooked tiles on wooden pillars, is a typical building for a temple on Troodos mountains. It has 3 parts, which are divided by 2 lines of wooden pillars that hold the roof. The walls of the temple are built with natural, local stone, 60 centimeters thick. A most interesting element of the architecture design are the stone decorations and especially the “bonefish” pattern over the eastern window.

The collection of pictures includes notable items of byzantine art in Cyprus, while almost all of the pictures, featuring the Viirgin Mary, Jesus Christ, Agios Ioannis Theologos and Agios Mamas, are influenced by the 16th century art of the Italian Renaissance. The icon screen where the pictures are featured, is considered to be one of the best ones of its kind, in a temple of this era. 

The collection of pictures includes notable items of byzantine art in Cyprus, while almost all of the pictures, featuring the Viirgin Mary, Jesus Christ, Agios Ioannis Theologos and Agios Mamas, are influenced by the 16th century art of the Italian Renaissance. The icon screen where the pictures are featured, is considered to be one of the best ones of its kind, in a temple of this era.

The picture of Jesus Christ with his hands tied with a rope and dragged in front of the cross, dated back in the 12th century, is quite representative of the art in the temple. Another 13th century painting, with drawings on both sides, featuring the Virgin Mary and the Crucifixion, comes from a destroyed monastery dedicated to Agios Mamas at Amiandos. The west wall of the building hosts a painting about the day of the Second Advent. It is dated back in the 16th century and influenced by the western art. There are also sample of the silver clerical artifacts, dated back in the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th.  

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