The church of "Zoodochou Pigis" has a single
aisle and a wooden roof with an apse protruding in the
east, having five sides externally and being semicircular
internally. It is made with irregular stones and only
the struts and the arcs of the gates and windows are made
of hacked limestone. Its external proportions are 17,60
meters height and 6,75 meters width. Today the church
has two entrances, one in the middles of the west wall
and one in the middle of the south wall. These entrances
as well as the windows, two in the north and two in the
south wall, were opened at a latter stage. The large,
rectangular window that opens up in the pediment of the
west wall and the window of the apse were also made later
on. The small gate in the west end of the north wall through
which the stairs lead to the women's loft is also more
recent. The parapet of the women's loft is a characteristic
specimen of folkloric, 19th century woodcraft.
Church dedicated to Zoodohos
Piyi (Life-giving Source)
The church of "Zoodochou Pigis" was constructed
near the end of the 13th
century, as it is made obvious by the frescoes that decorate
the church's walls, though today they are covered by a
layer of plaster. The church's long walls seem to have
been covered by frescoes, depicting upright saints but
without any evangelical scenes. Large parts of two such
frescoes were uncovered -in a test mode -during the church's
repair that occurred many years ago. They are of very
good artistry and they were dated back to the beginnings
of the 16th century.
Removal of gilt around Virgin Maryís icon
It seems that the original church only had one gate
in the midst of the west wall and small openings in the
apses and the two pediments of the east and west walls.
The church's roof was repaired, the women's loft was constructed
and today's windows and gates were made by the end of
the 19th century. According to an inscription, today's
icon screen was made in 1891 replacing a former one, probably
that of the 16th century. Although the 16th century icon
screen was destroyed, some of its icons were salvaged.
The icons saved are those of apostles Peter, Paul, Matthew,
Mark, and Luke. These icons are characteristic specimens
of the 16th century Cypriot School. Also remarkable is
the icon of Christ -perhaps of the 17th century -and that
of the mounted St. George that presents strong western
influence. The icon of the "Panagia I Odegetria"
(Virgin Mary, the one that guides) is kept inside the
Bema -almost ruined -belonging to the 15th or 16th century.