Saint Nikolas tis Stegis in Kakopetria
Trip Start Mar 03, 2010
143Trip End Feb 06, 2011
I want very much to have the opportunity and visit all 9 Byzantine churches which are on UNESCO'S World Heritage list.
This entry about Agios Nikolas tis Stegis is from my previous trip when I visited Kakopetria but for some reason I had missed publishing it.
Well, I am including it in this blog with the entry of Agios Ioannis Lampadistis, and I will be adding one by one as I visit the other 7 churches.(I really hope and wish this will be very soon).
AGIOS NIKOLAS TIS STEGIS - Kakopetria
The church of Agios Nikolaos tis Stegis "Saint Nicholas of the Roof", near the village of Kakopetria, belonged to a monastery.
It is completely painted with murals dating back from the 11th to the 17th centuries and it is considered to be one of the most interesting Byzantine churches on the island
The church took its name from the steep pitched timber roof that was built to protect it from the weather.
BYZANTINE CHURCHES IN CYPRUS
The location of Cyprus in the Eastern Mediterranean gives it a special religious significance. The island keeps hold of religious icons, mosaics and artifacts, as well as ecclesiastical architecture, such as Byzantine churches with important iconography and rare icons, chapels and monasteries that speak for the intense dedication to traditions and the close interconnection of art with religious worship, throughout the centuries.
The Orthodox Church of Cyprus is the predominant Church on the island
BYZANTINE ART AND ARCHITECTURE
Byzantine art and architecture is featured widely in many churches and monasteries in Cyprus. A window mural or a mural wall-painting will relate a story.
The frescoes were created originally for the poorer community, many of whom were unable to read and write. The icons hold a very religious significance and some of the religious art work are even believed to possess miraculous powers.
Pilgrimages are made to certain sites in order to be able to light candles and pray before the icons and some of the larger monasteries still provide overnight accommodation facilities to the pilgrims.
Examples of Byzantine art and architecture are displayed in churches that are found on the Troodos Mountains
Ten buildings are found on UNESCO’S World Heritage List.
The Nine Byzantine churches in the Troodos mountains that are included in the official UNESCO list of the World Heritage are the following:
Stavros tou Agiasmati,
Panagia tou Araka,
Timiou Stavrou at Pelendri,
Agios Nikolaos tis Stegis, +
Panagia tis Asinou,
Agios Ioannis Lampadistis, +
Panagia tou Moutoulla
(I can at this moment check two which I have seen, and I have 7 more to visit).