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Panagia Chryseleousa Church

Alright, history buffs, we’ve got a little gem for you. It’s called the Panagia Chryseleousa Church in Empa village – and let us tell you, it’s a pretty big deal.

This stone-built structure is a combination of not one but TWO churches. Yeah, they don’t mess around here. And get this – it’s got three aisles and two domes. Talk about fancy.

The eastern section was first built in the 12th century, possibly on top of some ruins from an earlier Christian basilica.

It started as a cruciform church with a dome, and then later on in the 13th century, an extension was added to the west with a domed building of the cross-in-square type.

But that’s not even the best part – the church retains its rare wall paintings from the 12th, 13th, 15th, AND 16th centuries. We’re talking about some historical severe artifacts here, people.

And get this – one of the most exciting paintings depicts the fishing miracle. Pretty cool, huh?

But wait, there’s more. The church also boasts some ecclesiastical treasures, including portable icons from the 15th and 16th centuries. There’s even an icon of Jesus Christ holding a Gospel in his left hand and a fine painting on two panels with six of the Apostles on each panel.

And get this – the inside is decked with some stunning historical icons.

We’re talking works of art that’ll make you feel like you’ve been transported back in time.

So if you’re ready to step back in time and experience some serious history, head to the Panagia Chryseleousa Church. Trust us, and you won’t regret it.

Panagia Chryseleousa Church
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