Agia Paraskevi Church - Geroskipou

Agia Paraskevi church is located in the vilage of Geroskipou in Paphos. The Byzantine church of Agia Paraskevi is worldwide recognised as an extremely significant example of Byzantine architecture, dating back to the 9th century A.D. It has been argued that the church stands on the ruins of an ancient temple dedicate to the goddess Aphrodite, however this implication has not been verified.

According to Geroskipou traditions, during the ancient times when people of Cyprus worshiped the 12 Gods of Olympus, was the "sacred garden" of Aphrodite, hence the area was called "Geroskipou" or "Yeroskipou". The Sacred gardens were located to the south of the village towards the sea, at the point where the ancient pilgrims began their journey to the sanctuary of Palaipaphos.

The significance of Agia Paraskevi lies on its architecture. The church is a five-domed, three-aisled, barrel-vaulted basilica. The largest of the three domes is above the nave and the other two are above the centre of the aisles, to the north and south of the central dome of the nave.

In the interior, the church is decorated with wall-paintings dated to various periods. The earliest is dating to the 8th-9th centuries and the latest in 10th, 12th and up to 15th century. As far as the exterior of the church is concerned, it resembles the church of Agios Varnavas and Helarionas in Peristerona and to a lesser degree the churches of Apostle Varnavas near Salamina and Agios Lazaros in Larnaca.

Location:

Geroskipou

Address:

Plateia Agias Paraskeuis, 1, Yeroskipou 8201

Phone:

26 821000

Operating hours:

Monday - Saturday: 08:30 - 13:00 / 14:00 - 16:30

Entrance Fee:

Free

Website:

www.mcw.gov.cy/da

Agia Paraskevi Church - Geroskipou photos: 
Agia Paraskevi Church - Geroskipou location map: 

Nearby Places and things to do (within 5 km radius)

Paphos Ancient Theatre

The Paphos Ancient Theatre, is located at the northeast corner of the ancient city in Paphos diagonally of the port. It was possibly buil...

Palia Ilektirki Cultural Centre (Old Powerhouse) - Paphos

Palia Ilektriki is an old powerhouse which has been transformed into a Cultural Centre by the Paphos Municipality.  The prolonged and n...

Agios Agapitikos Cave, Paphos

The Agios Agapitikos Cave is situated in the area of Kato Paphos in the Paphos district. More specifically it is located towards the northea...

Fabrica Hill - Paphos

Fabrica Hill is located in the northeast part of the ancient town of Paphos and the hill has many archaeological remains in it, in...

Kings Avenue Mall – Paphos

The Kings Avenue Mall is an impressive and complete mall which is located in the heart of Paphos , in a location ideal for both the local re...

Agia Solomoni Church and catacombs

Agia Solomoni Church is situated just 1 k.m. away from Kato Paphos port and was originally a Christian catacomb and is home to 12th century ...

Pages

Allow Cyprus Island to send you notifications about new content ?