The Church of "Theotokos" (the Virgin Mary)

The church of "Theotokos" was constructed in 1731 and is located in the village's central plaza. According to tradition, it was a dependency of the "Archangelos" Monastery. There are frescoes in the north and south walls of the church's interior and in the Prothesis of the church. The oldest are of 1768 and are signed by Leontios.

According to R. Gunnis, the church's interior and the frescoes were ruined in 1880 due to a fire. However, perhaps this testimony was entered in Gunnis's book because of some lapse since there still are -until today -frescoes of 1769 and 1864. Leontios seems to be the Priest and Monk Leontios, who created the 1769 frescoes and the Archangel's portable icon of the same year in the "Katholikon" (church / temple) of the "Archangelos" Monastery in Analiontas. He was a monk in the Monastery of St. Irakleidios.

The church's icon screen bears the date 1753. It was created during the term of Archbishop Philotheos and bears the signatures of Deacon Nektarios and Dositheos, who were disciples of Philaretos. The inscription has as follows (roughly reporting the above information): "To de templos meta ton eorton te Nektariou chei Ierodiakonou Dositheou ton mathiton Philaretou".

A second inscription notes that the operations were done under the supervision of the Priest and Monk Gerasimos and that the monastery and the community's inhabitants covered the expenses. These hagiographers were monks in the Monastery of St. Irakleidios. The frescoes in the south wall of the "Katholikon" in St. Irakleidios's Monastery are signed by Philaretos in 1759. Stylistically they belong in the artistic circle of the Priest and Monk Ioannikios, also coming from the same monastery. Other painters -apart from Philaretos, Nektarios, and Dositheos -of the same circle were Leontios, Philotheos, Lavrentios, et al. Ioannikios, who seems to be the first of that line, left for us works of his in many churches and monasteries of Cyprus (Agia Napa, Limassol, "Monogenis" in Koilani, St George of Arpera in Tersefanou, et al). The stylistic trend of these hagiographers dominated until the end of the 18th century, before the school of Kornaros prevailed. Works of theirs can be found in the Monasteries of "Archangelos" in Analiontas and in Monagri, in Psimolofou, in the Monastery of St. Minas in Vavla, in the church of the Holy Cross in Lefkara, in the cathedral of St. John in Nicosia, et al.

The Church of "Agios Georgios" (St. George)

The church of St. George was constructed in the end of the 19th century. It is a single-aisle church with an apse that is polygonal on the outside and semi-circular internally. The apse is covered by a half-dome while the main temple is covered by four simplified groined-vaults, which are separated and supported by "sfendonia" (Y-shaped poles) that spring from well-wrought footings upon the north and south walls. Externally there is a corresponding strut at the end of every arch. The upper part of the north and south walls ends each time with a series of triangular pediments, the base of which corresponds to the radius of the arches in the roof's groined-vaults. The church has two entrances in the west and the south and only one window in the north, apart from the small cavity in the temple's apse.

The church's icon screen is of the same era as its architecture. The oldest icons in the icon screen are those made by Othon Giavopoulos and bear the date 1901. There is also one by Kousoulidis, dating back to the first half of the 20th century. Giavopoulos the Athenian made frescoes in Lofou, in Vouni, in Omodos, in Agia Napa of Limassol and his icons decorate quite a few of the island's churches.

The hagiography of the church was undertaken by the workshop of Byzantine Hagiography and Mosaics of the Kepola brothers from Athienou. Alkis Kepolas from Athienou and Costas Glykeriou from Prodromos created the frescoes during 1991-92.

The mosaic of St George, which fills the hollow of the "blind" cavity in the external western wall next to the main entrance of the church, was created in 1992 by George Kepola and Nicos Christodoulidis. The Saint is depicted from the shoulders up and head-on, bearing a shield and a spear.

The iconographic plan of the frescoes is divided into mainly two zones and adjusts to the idiosyncratic morphology of the church's architectural parts, as -for example -in the eight sides of the half-domes. Basically, two zones stand out in the vertical brickwork: the upper one with scenes from the cycle regarding Christ's life and the lives of Saints and the lower one with whole-bodied figures of saints. The area between the lower zone and the floor is covered -throughout the entire circumference of the church -by a decorative molding and a painted riser.

Holy Bema and Apse
The half-dome of the apse is covered by the "Platytera ton Ouranon" , surrounded by two "Angels of the Lord", as they are recorded. All three figures are depicted from the shoulders and up. The lower zone of the apse is covered by the fathers of the church Nicolaos, Lazaros, John "Chrysostomos", Basilios the Great, Gregorios the Theologian, and Nektarios. The line of church fathers ends in its two edges with the Archangels Gabriel and Michael.

The eastern wall forms a pediment over the apse and in its lower part it surrounds it. Depicted in the upper end of the pediment is the Holy Mandylion (Shroud); the Kings of the Old Testament, David and Solomon, and the Prophets Abbakoum, Isaiah, Aaron, and Moses in the rest of the area.

In the recess of the Holy Prothesis there is a depiction of Christ's Birth and over the recess there's the Ark of the Covenant. The "Zoodochos Pigi" (Life-giving Spring) is presented in the recess of the north wall, next to the Holy Prothesis, where the fountain and the ossuary of the church are located.

St. Mary of Egypt and St. Zosimas are depicted in the north wall, inside the Holy Bema and in the lower part there's St. "Spyridon o Timithountos", clinching a tile in his hand as in the miracle which he performed in the first Ecumenical Council in 325 AD.

Groined-Vaults of the Roof (With a direction from east to west)

First Groined-Vault
Its eight sides are filled by the figures of the Prophet Elias and the saints Irakleidios, Memnon, Kyriakos the anchorite, John "Lampadistis" (Torchbearer / Illuminator), St. Charalambos and St. Theodosios the "Koinoviarchis" (Coenobite).

Second Groined-Vault
It includes the "Megali Deisi' (The Great Prayer / Rogation) The two eastern sides are covered by the Almighty and -following in the rest are -the Virgin Mary, the Baptist, the four Evangelists, mark, John, Luke, and Matthew, St. John the Theologian, and the Archangels Gabriel and Michael.

Third Groined-Vault
Here there's a depiction of the Three Hierarchs / Prelates, Basilios the Great, Gregorios the Theologian, and John "Chrysostomos, followed by St Photini and the Saints Sofronios, Paul, Kyriakos of Evrychou, and Andreas.

Fourth Groined-Vault
In the last- toward the west -groined-vault there are paintings of the Saints Stylianos "Paflagon", Kyprianos, Anastasios, Therapon of Lythrodontas, Socratis, Omiros, St. Evanthia and the righteous Symeon "Theodochos".

Main Church (Nave)

Upper Zone
The cycle related to Christ begins being depicted from the eastern part of the south wall with a direction to the west. In the western ending of the walls the cycle of depiction of Christ's life is interrupted by other scenes and figures of Saints.

South Wall
The Virgin Mary's Annunciation, the Birth of Christ, the Baptism, and the last scene depicting the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.

North Wall
The first scene depicts the martyrdom of the Saints Raphael, Nicolas, and Irene, followed by the scenes of the Lord's Crucifixion and Resurrection (in the form of the Descend to Hades).

West Wall
The scene of St. George surrendering the princess to her father and King, after saving her from the dragon fills the pediment, without however a depiction of the dragon's slaying that is finally portrayed in the eastern part of the north wall.

Lower Zone

South Wall
St Demetrios "Myrovlitis" killing the soldier, St. Mamas, St. Alexios "the man of God", St. John the Baptist, St. Christoforos, St. Phanourios, St. Charalambos, and St. Stylianos.

West Wall
Saints Constantine and Helen and the Saints Raphael, Nicolas, and Irene.

North Wall
St. Marina, St. Christina, St Ioanna "Myroforos", St Anna holding the infant Virgin Mary, St. Irene, St. Kyriaki, St. Thekla the First Martyr, St. Anastasia the "Pharmakolytria", St. Theodora of Salonica, St. Paraskevi, St. Pelagia of Tinos, St Irene "Chrysovalantou", St. Raphael the "modern martyr of Lesbos", and -finally -the scene of the dragon's slaying by St. George on horseback