Archangelou Michael Church

The Archangelos Michael church is built in the village of Pedoulas in the valley of Marathasa, opposite the Byzantine Museum. It is one-aisled, wooden-roofed, with a semicircular arch that protrudes to the east. The lower part of the arch is placed on a straight east wall. The church has internal dimensions without the arch, 7.26 x 3.36 m. The arch has a 1.90 metre string and an arrow of 1.30 m and overcomes the semicircle. The church has three rectangular doors, located one in the middle of almost the southern, northern and western wall, leading to the interior of the church.

This church, of around half a millennium of age, has been included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site list. It is one-aisled, with a wooden roof and a C-shaped splint, which was used as a gynekonite because of its small size. It was built and frescoed at the expense of the priest Vasilios Hamados, who is portrayed along with his wife and two daughters offering a model of the church to Archangel Michael. It is remarkable that the eyes of certain Saints were destroyed during the time of looting by the altars, in order not to see the damage they caused. Three images have been preserved, located in a museum and in the neighboring church of the Holy Cross in Pedoulas. The church celebrates on November 8, a feast day of the Synaxis of the Archangels.

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