Agios Ambrosios Agias Elisabeth Agiou Georgiou
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The Church of Agios Amvrosios

The Church of Agios (St.) Amvrosios, bishop of Mediolanum (Milan), stands at the centre of the village. This temple is a true ornament for the community. It is a wonderful construction from an architectural aspect and was built in the 14th century.

The church is small in volume but also very well looked after and beautiful. It is a Basilica with a single aisle and a roof with two angles. The whole structure is made of small stones, which give a distinct beauty to it.

Eight great poles with capitals, projecting from the two side-walls, externally support the church. The interior of the church is illuminated through its three entrances and through one window that was made at a latter period. Over the west gate of the church there is a -small in size -window that slightly illuminates the women's loft of the church.

At the left of the west gate there is a small opening that is used for the seating of St. Amvrosios's icon -and also of the other icons -during the litany that occurs during important holidays. Over the opening there is a related sign that mentions the donor of this making, "EXPENDITURE OF DESPINOU ECONOMOU". There is also the relevant date (1838) of construction for this part of the church, found on a small arched stone.

At the north entrance of the temple and above it, there is an opening in which some data relevant to the construction year of the church were imprinted. Today the only things one can see -after meticulous observation -are the numbers 3 and 0.

In the east part of the church and on the left side lies the beautiful belfry, which is embodied in the north-eastern wall. It is also stone-made and it stands a little bit above the roof of the church. It only carries one bell.

In the middle of the outer angle of the bema there is an engraved chronological sign that indicates the construction date of the Bema (1850), along with the Christian symbol IC XC NI KA (loosely translated, Jesus Christ Wins).

Internally the church presents special architectural interest. The floor of the church was recently repaired. Marble has been installed to replace the church's previous floor. There are also some frescoes -those saved after the destruction brought by human error when people tried to improve the church a few years ago. Fortunately however some samples from those have been saved.

On the north wall of the church stands the wooden pulpit with its donor's name recorder on it, that being Despinou Economou.

The Women's Loft is in the west part of the temple and stands on a wooden arch. It is generally made out of wood. In 1992 it was also repaired along with the entire church.

The main temple is separated by the Bema by a wonderful woodcut, gilt-edged, icon screen, made in 1877 according to the chronological sign that is engraved in its centre, above the Holy Gate. There are excellent icons on the icon screen, dating back to 1853-1855 and 1866-1867.

The Altar is made of stone. It is a miniature of a domed temple, since it is supported by four pillars and forms -in the middle -a small dome upon which there is a painting of the Almighty by hagiographer Nearchos Giallourides.

Both internally and externally, the church of Agios Amvrosios is a true jewel for the community, being the most important structure in the village form an architectural point of view.
The whole structure is completed by the church's precinct, which was constructed together with the reconditioning of the church in 1992. These spaces are used for the various events that take place in the village from time to time. Lately a traditional, stone-made fountain has been constructed in this area, varnishing the church's precinct.