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Built in the 12th century, the church of Panagia tou Arakas (Virgin Mary of Arakas) monastery, is considered to be one of the most important Byzantine churches of the period. Find it amongst pine trees and mountains between the villages of Lagoudera and Saranti in the Pitsilia area. Upon entering the church one is amazed by the unique frescoes decorating the walls of the church, each telling an important biblical story. Funded by Leon Afthentis in 1192, they were painted in late Comnenain style. The frescoes are the most complete collection of mid-Byzantine time one can find in Cyprus.

The church, which used to be a monastery, was houses two important icons on of Christ and of the Panagia of Arakiotissa painted by Theodoro Apsevdi in the late 12th century.

Opening Hours:
Monday – Saturday: 9:00 – 16:00
Sunday: 11:00 – 16:00
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