Agios Ioannis Pezetis (St. John Pezetis) Verified

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It is a single-nave, barrel vaulted chapel, dedicated to Timios Prodromos (St. John the Baptist). The chapel was the Catholicon of a rectory manor that used to belong –and still belongs- to the Monastery of St. John the Theologian in Anopolis. North of the chapel, there are the remains of the manor. The aedicule is probably Venetian, while the church is fully painted and the murals present two painting styles. The first one dates back to the late 12th up to the early 13th century and the second one to the 14th century.

The remains from the illustration of the “Praying” on the quadrant of the apse belong to the first period, as well as four Co-Officiating Hierarchs, from which only the two have been preserved, in the alcove. On the east wall, there is the “Annunciation” and, on a lower level, two full-size frontal Saints. On the north and south sides, three frontal, full-size Hierarchs, and on the south half part of the arch that covers a part of the sanctuary, the scenes of the “Birth” and “Jesus’ first bath”.

The scene from the “Ascension of Jesus” and the wall painting of the arch in the main nave, where there are depictions of the “Baptism”, the “Transfiguration”, the “Candlemas”, the “Decollation of St. John the Baptist” and “Herod’s Feast” belong to the second period. On the arch there is a supporting arc, on the intrados of which the only thing that has remained is the full-size frontal image of St. John the Baptist. On the south wall of the church, there are the portraits of three full-size frontal Saints, while on the north wall, St. George the Dragon slayer. On the west side of this, what is depicted is the scene of the “Martyrdom of St. George”. On the west wall, there were illustrations of the owners of the church, who offered Jesus a miniature of the church.

The iconostasis is proportional to the church. It is a small, woodcut templon with the icons of Vrefokratoussa (Infant Holder) and St. John the Baptist on.

Architecture: single-nave barrel vaulted
Dating: late 12th century
Location: Kenourgio Horio – northeast of the village, Xevigli area
Celebration: 29th August
Hagiography: √
Access: Relatively easy from a country road
Visit Options: Open