The impressive temple of Ayia Napa makes the city center more beautiful for more than 1 century!

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Ayia Napa church is located at Ayiou Andreou Street, in the historical city center, even though it was considered  to have been outside of the center of the city, around 1 centure ago. Ever since, this impressive and owe-inspiring church, has been a landmark for the old town.

The Church was built to caver the needs of a rapidly growing city. The residents of that area didn’t consider it big enough to host the beleivers, especially on the important religious days. Shortly before the end of the 19th century, a committee was created to promote the construction of a new temple at the same site, while at the same time, a representative of the organization was sent to Greece in order to find an appropriate architect for the new church.

In 1891, the long awaited architectural design of the temple arrived from Athens and so the reconstruction work began. A few years later, in 1910, the old church of the area was demolished. This was treated with deep sorrow, since it was considered a great loss for the cultural heritage of Limassol.

The old temple had a magnificent hagiography and interesting depictions inside, composing a rare decoration that is maintained until today.

The citizens observed the construction of the magnificent temple of Ayia Napa in the early years of the 19th century, built upon the smaller temple near the coastal front of the city, in the form that still maintains. With impressive and unique architecture, the 3-aisled church with the large central dome, became one of the most important religious monuments and points of reference in Limassol, attracting visitors every day, both locals and tourists.

Source of information: Tasos Andreou, "Limassol - Flashback", 2009
Photos: Pattichion Municipal Museum - Historical Archive - Limassol Study Center, Lemesou Mnimes

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