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Panayia tou Araka, Troodos

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The Panagia tou Araka or Arakos (Greek: Παναγία του Άρακα or Άρακος) is a middle Byzantine Orthodox church located in Cyprus. It stands as one of the most well-known and completely preserved middle Byzantine churches with mural paintings. The church is one of the ten Painted Churches in the Troödos Region, which were listed as an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985 because of their murals and relation to the history of Byzantine rule in Cyprus.
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  • Of the churches I visited in Cyprus I found this one truly beautiful given its vast age and how well looked after/preserved it is. We were with a tour guide who helpfully explained some of the... 
    Of the churches I visited in Cyprus I found this one truly beautiful given its vast age and how well looked after/preserved it is. We were with a tour guide who helpfully explained some of the...  more »
  • The frescos at this Church are quite special. Particularly the ones of our lady on the right hand side of the alter. A real sense of the holy in the space of you get it when peaceful. We were... 
    The frescos at this Church are quite special. Particularly the ones of our lady on the right hand side of the alter. A real sense of the holy in the space of you get it when peaceful. We were...  more »
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  • There are many legends explaining why this church is hidden under the roof and look like an old school house rather than like a church... One says-it was hidden in order not to be seen to warriors and people who wanted to defeat local Cypriots. Another says-many churches in Throodos district this included are all have extra build up roofs over them, to save art illustrations inside the churches from cold breezy weather and snow in the colder months. It's somewhat a shelter, cover to save original illustrations that are taking place on the ceilings of the churches. This place is truly spectacular all around and inside.
  • Nice, but at the moment building works are going on nearby

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