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Saint John the Theologian’s day is on the 26th of September, the day of John the Theologian’s “metastasis” (departure) as it is called by the inhabitants of the community in Prastio Avdimou. It is the village’s central church. It is located at the centre of the village. It was built in 1900 and it is of Gothic style. Externally, it is made of stone with a roof and, internally, the church is flat. There is no women’s loft but the portable icons of the saints in the icon screen are the nave’s riches. The wood-cut icon screen, separating the High Altar from the rest of the temple, is enough to attract visitors. Portable icons of the Saints frame the icon screen. The church has a capacity of 150 persons. Last year (2002), the relative maintenance of the church was done externally, with the expenses paid by the community. The necessary maintenance of the church’s interior is scheduled to be done soon.
The Church of Panagia Diakinousas
Also, further north than these relics, in an isolated valley, the church of an old, small monastery that was dedicated to “Panagia Diakinousa” (the Moving Virgin Mary) is extant. It was named so because, according to tradition, the inhabitants used to see the Virgin Mary coming out of the church and walking. Always according to tradition, at the time that Apostle Paul was preaching Christianity in Pafos, the people were scared of Judaism and so had to move to the north, where they found a safe place to build a church that later became a large Monastery and had several monks living in it. In an age when the Plague (some illness) was killing the village’s inhabitants, the Virgin Mary chased the Plague out of the village where She firmly stepped on a large rock, leaving Her footprint on it; the rock was named “Pathkia tis Panagias” (Footprint of the Virgin Mary) and the name remained until today. Ever since then the illness disappeared from the village.
The church, which has three aisles, is of the early 18th century but it appears to have been previously built, around the 14th century. Segments of the mediaeval church (two small chapels) are incorporated in the more recent church (in its north-east and south-east corners). In the niche of the north-east chapel, which seems to have been a chapel also used for a burial, there is a fairly worn-out fresco of the Virgin Mary sitting on a throne along with little Jesus. In 1960 the Antiquities Department made efforts for the conservation of this fresco but -unfortunately -the removal of plaster was not done successfully.
All the things necessary for a liturgy and for servicing the faithful can be found inside the church. The meagre and worn-out icon screen, the Psalters, and the few wooden stools are present in the interior of the church, in which a liturgy is conducted about 10-12 times a year. A mass takes place every time it is the day of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
The place where the people used to bathed in the old days
The cost of the restoration was covered by the Ministry of Interior
Some of the events organised in the community are:
- Community Festival – July – August
- Christmas Event – December
- Easter Games
- Green Monday