Church of Antiphonitis, Show all 97 places in CYPRUS » CYPRUS97
- Working hours*:
Opening times of this church are erratic.
- * - opening and closing times as well as entrance prices, are subject to alterations without notice. Visitors are advised to check before visiting.
- 35.3272050, 33.6190260 Copy to clipboard Copy
Regrettably over the years the frescoes have been vandalised and blame for this cannot be laid at the door of any particular culprit as graffiti on the walls is written in Greek, Turkish and English!
The dome of the church, with a fresco of Christ Pantocrator in the centre, is supported by eight pillars and is the only extant example of this style of architecture on Cyprus. The Byzantine church at St. Hilarion was built to the same architectural specifications, though that is now a roofless ruin.
The western porch, with its elegant arcade, was added in the 15th C, and both are excellent examples of Gothic design.
Dating from the late 12th C are the frescoes in the south-west sector, and there are some fine pieces of portraiture. There is the Virgin Mary, the Archangels Michael and Gabriel, and many saints.
Opening times of this church are erratic. However a visit to this beautiful area will not disappoint even if access to the church is not possible. The area is scenic at any time of the year but a visit in spring when all the almond trees are in bloom makes it especially wonderful.