Frescoes of Panagia tou Araka Church
The most beautiful century of Byzantine art has completed its cycle, with the occupation of Cyprus by Richard the Lionheart in 1191. The epilogue of this period is depicted in the main church of the Monastery of Panagia tou Araka in the village of Lagoudera.
The wall paintings date back to 1192 AD. and are the most complete set of frescoes in Cyprus. The main features of the frescoes are the pinkness of the figures, the intense ripples of the crests and the imamas, the lively movement and the tall forms.
The iconographic cycle starts with scenes of the Lord surrounded by the throne of Preparation, Angels in medals, Prophets, Annunciation of the Virgin Mary and Evangelists. Then, the Virgin Mary with Christ is pictured between the Archangels and seven Saints of Cyprus.
With scenes from the Birth of Christ, the Apostate Cathedral, the Baptism, the Ascension, the Episodes and the Assumption of the Virgin, the circle of frescoes is completed. The fresco of Panagia Arakiotissa has a special place. The frescoes are the work of the painter Theodoros Apsevdis.