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Agios Panteleimonas

With donations and after an initiative by the inhabitants of the Kakopetria community, the -now -main church of the village was recently constructed. The re-construction of the church started in 1989 and ended in 1994. It is a rather large church with a capacity of 700 persons.

Architecturally, it is built in the Byzantine style with a dome. Externally it is coated with plaster and temporarily whitewashed -although there are plans for a facing made with local stone.

Internally the church has started being covered with frescoes. Above the chancel there is the fresco of the "Platytera" and further above those of the "Resurrection", the "Annunciation", and various other frescoes with representations of saints. The icon screen, which has three gates, the "Orea Pyli" (Beautiful gate) in the centre, the other two to the left and to the right, is woodcut; the same goes for the Psalters and the High Priest's throne. In the west side of the church at the "Narthex", beneath the women's loft, there is a special kneeling desk where the icon dedicated to St Panteleimon lies. There -by the Narthex -are two arches, one to the left and one to the right. There are plans to have a special area there for a baptistery in the future. Quite important is the presence of the amphitheatre-like women's loft, which allows the faithful to observe the various religious ceremonies in comfort.

The memory of St Panteleimon is celebrated on the 27 th of July, when many Christians from the surrounding regions attend this great holiday.


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