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Agios Ambrosios Agias Elisabeth Agiou Georgiou
Agios Efraim    

Country Church of Agia Elisavet (St. Elizabeth)

Three kilometres south of the village lies the country church of Agia Elisavet that was built in the 16th century upon the foundations of an older church.

This church, which is a true ornament and also a priceless treasure for the village, is small in volume but also very beautiful and well care for. It is a basilica with a single aisle and a two-angled roof covered with tiles. The entire structure is made of small stones that have been maintained by the Antiquities Department in recent years.

The church is internally supported by four large poles, which stand out as far as their size is concerned, projecting from the two side-walls.

Over the west gate of the church there is a small window that gives little light to the church's interior. Only the two large poles are discriminated in the north and south walls. In the middle of the unique external niche of the bema there is a small window which illuminates the Bema.

Internally the church presents special architectural interest. The roof is made of stone and is in a very good condition after the maintenance done by the Antiquities Department.

What impresses the visitor of the "Agia Elisavet" church are the wonderful frescoes of the 16th century, which are kept in very good condition in spite of the damage sustained by the passage of time and also by human intervention. These frescoes decorate the entire small church and stand out for their style. Unfortunately many of them are not well preserved and make it difficult to recognise the saints' figures that are narrated.

There are frescoes of St. George the "Tropeoforos" (Trophy-carrier), St. Hermolaos, St. Damianos, St. Cosmas, St Damaskenos, and St Panteleimonas. There also are frescoes of St. Demetrios, Paul the Apostle, the Evangelists Mark and Luke, Peter the Apostle, St Nicholas, St. Anthony, and St. Onoufrios.

The main temple is separated from the Bema by a wooden icon screen, which was made at the same time or a bit after the rest of the church. The Bema is small in size but symmetrical to the whole building. At its centre stands the Altar that is made of stone.

Both internally and externally, the country church of St. Elizabeth is a true ornament for the region and also an adoration venue for the region's faithful. The whole structure is completed by the church's precinct, reconditioned along with the church's renovation in 1998.

The church celebrates on Easter Tuesday; St. Elizabeth's commemoration is transferred from the 24th of April to this day due to the Lent period. Close to the temple, a few meters further and at the riverbed, lies the "agiasma' (holy spot) of St. Elizabeth.