Zagora is a place famous not only for its natural beauties but for its tradition in arts and culture since the turkish occupation period. A proof of this is the church of Agia Kiriaki, built in 1740. What is particularly interesting about this church is the fact that it is a triune one as it is dedicated to both Agia Ekaterini and Agios Ioannis Theologos. Earlier it was dedicated to the Dormition of the Virgin as it is reflected on the traditional construction of the wooden carved screen of the church.
This wonderful golden screen dates back to 1742 and it was made by the artisans Loizos, Kiprios and Panagiotou from Galatas. The church is a three-part basilica built with stones and tiles. What is also impressive is the unusual location of the bell tower built in front of the central gate of the church. On its entrance there are four arches, of which the east meets the entrance of the temple. Over the entrance three icons are painted: Agia Kyriaki, the Dormition of the Virgin Mary, and John the Theologian.
This wonderful golden screen dates back to 1742 and it was made by the artisans Loizos, Kiprios and Panagiotou from Galatas. The church is a three part basilia built with stones and tiles. What is also impressive is the unusual place of the bell tower built in front of the central entering gate of the church. On its base there are four archs, of which the eastern on joins the entering gate.
According to the confession diaries of the church, the price of the carved screens was extremely high as they were constructed on the spot. For instance, the screen of Ag. Kiriaki church is said to have cost 678 rich.
The church is surrounded by a big stone-covered square. During your visit you can stop and have a rest under the shade of the beautiful linden trees also surrounding the church.
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