Location: Overlooking the eastern section of the village of Palaeochorio.

Founding date: Early 16th century

Architecture: A steep-pitched-roof-type chapel with a 17th century enclosure on the south-west and an arched recess in each of the side walls.

Wall Paintings: The paintings are influenced by various styles and techniques.

The interior of the chapel is completely painted with an impressive series of post-Byzantine wall-paintings that form part of the 16th century Cretan School. The side walls have been divided into two zones and the west one into three, plus the pediment.

The Last Supper and the Agony in the Garden are from the Macedonian School of the early Paleologue period. The features of the two thieves in the semi-narrative Crucifixion have a Western influence yet their general depiction goes back to early Byzantine times. For the Resurrection, the artist used a western scene with Christ stepping out of a sarcophagus with three sleeping soldiers in the foreground.

The Communion of the Apostles is one of the two surviving examples in Cyprus in which the disciples are depicted twice.

Here, Christ loses his strong Byzantine character with a clipped beard and moustache. The Sacrifice showing the Infant Christ in both the paten and the chalice is unique to Cyprus. In the Descent of the Holy Spirit and in the Hospitality of Abraham, the architectural background is traditional yet shows signs of Italianate architectural backgrounds with extensive balustraded verandas and vaulted-type roofs.

The complicated linear folds on the Virgin Mary's garments in the conch of the apse have been simplified, and the white highlights used to give her face an expression of joyfulness, place Cyprus ahead of the Cretan school in post-Byzantine developments.

On the wall of the south recess, the painting of soldier-Saints George and Demetrius is the only instance in Cyprus when one sees the two saints riding together.

Cyprus National Commission for UNESCO

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