Church of Saint George - Vasa Koilaniou

Trip Start Oct 09, 2011
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Trip End Oct 21, 2011


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Flag of Cyprus  , Limassol,
Monday, October 10, 2011

Upon entering the village of Vasa on the left hand side one can see the very old chapel of Saint Georgios a structure of Byzantine type. (14th century)

There are some admirable frescos on the walls, dated back to the 15th century and among others there is the Mother of Saint George, Saint Polychronia. On one wall there is the fresco showing Saint George on horseback killing the dragon. Another fresco shows Jesus nailed down from the cross (apokathilosi) but there are many more.

For the locals here, tradition says that in the old times when it was a monastery, people compared it with the Holy Lavra, -the monastery in Kalavryta in Achaea in Greece. For them it was their Small Lavra (Mikri Lavra) of the 14th century!

On Easter Monday the 23rd April and the 3rd November the village celebrates here with a fair and a divine Service.
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geoffleeds
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What a beautiful church ; so well built and solid , the place is ancient and full of a spiritual ambiance - I love it .
St . , George is the patron saint of England ; what does he mean to the cypriot people ? There seems to be so many connections between the Greek Cypriots and England .......

greekcypriot
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Geoffrey read this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_George

mmbcross
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Goodness, the story of St. George is really complex. The frescos in the little church of Vasa remind me of the underground Greek churches in Cappadocia which we just visited. You'll see the similarities when I finally get down to writing about it.

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