Church of Panagia Odigitria

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Early Christian Baptistery

Located at the forecourt of the church of Agios Georgios is a limeston-made baptismal font, the internal part of which is adorned by a carved cross. The font is 85 cm high, whereas its diameter is 141 cm. 

Georgios Panagi explains the following regarding the dating of the font: “The use of monolithic fonts in the wider Greek area is dated back to the 6th century A.D. Consequently, the baptismal font is dated, with some reservation, back to the end of the 5th or the beginning of the 6th century A.D.” (p14)*.

It is worth mentioning that according to a tradition preserved by Karouzis, the font used to be located on a hill where an ancient church used to stand. This hill is named “Lofos tou Stavrou”.

Sources:

Karouzis Giorgos, Strolling Around Cyprus, Nicosia, City and District Nicosia 2001

Panagi Georgios, The Church of Agios Georgios Arediou, Nicosia 2008, p.13-14

Perdikis Stylianos, An unknown in Cyprus type of old Christian baptismal font, Christian Archaeological Company, Athens 2003, p.93-94.

Museum of Popular Tradition

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Traditional houses