Agia Paraskevi (St. Paraskevi) Verified

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It is a single-nave, barrel vaulted chapel, which was restored in 2003. Inside, the chapel is fully painted and the murals date back to the 14th century. The wall painting of the church is exceptional, as the painting style indicates that it was used either in two phases or by two different hagiographers. More specifically, the sanctuary, which is of a different painting style from the rest of the church, is decorated on the quadrant of the apse with the “Praying”, with the Pantocrator and, on both sides, Virgin Mary and St. John the Baptist, while the alcove is adorned with the scene of Melismos (Holy Liturgy), where Jesus is surrounded by the Co-Officiating Hierarchs.

On the frieze of the east wall, there is the depiction of a scene from the “Epitaphios Lament” and, a little lower, the “Annunciation”. On the arch, there are the illustrations of the scenes from the “Birth” and the “Baptism”, while on the north wall that is in the sanctuary, there is the portrait of St.Titus and the Deacon Stephanos, on the south wall St. Vlassios, Cyrus and St. Athanasios the Great. On the arch of the main church, there are depictions of scenes from the Dodekaorto (Twelve Great Feasts), such as the “Transfiguration”, the “Candlemas” and the “Entry into Jerusalem”. On the south wall, there are the images of Christ and St. Nicolas of Myra, on the north wall St. George, St. Demetrius and St. John the Theologian. On the south wall we can see Christ, St. Nicolas and a frontal Saint. On the west wall, there is Prophet David and Prophet Solomon, while on a lower level, St. Anastasia.

Architecture: Single-nave barrel vaulted
Dating: 14th century AD
Location: Aitania – Agia Paraskevi area, south of the village
Celebration: 26th July
Hagiography: √
Access: Difficult access from a rural dirt road
Visit Options: Open