Icons and frescos

Virgin Mary, 16th century

This monastery stands in the village of Kourdali. It is the oldest monument of the community of Spilia-Kourdali. It was built in the 16th century by the deacon Ioannis Kourdalis. It was the temple of a monastery.. The temple is dedicated to the Assumption of Virgin Mary and for this reason it is celebrated on15th of August.

It is a three sloped church with wooden dies and joists that hold a wooden roof that is covered with traditional level tiles. It belongs to the characteristic type of ancient temples of the region of Troodos. The joists have, at the side that faces the walls, decorative components and in the side central declinable part, "stitharia" of saints. In 1921 the dies were removed and stone arcs were built thus changing the temple into a single sloped. The roof was supported by the stone arcs. Because of the weight that was shifted to the walls, the walls began to incline outwards and the church was in danger to collapse. In 1968 the Department of Antiquities restored the temple as it was initially built

They have been rescued and are found in very good situation many hagiographies made in the 16th century. There are hagiographies of the Byzantine rhythm with little influence from the western technique (italobyzantine rhythm).



The west wall, full of frescos, 16th century

Next to the western entrance is found a mural that shows the history of the building of the temple. It shows the Assumption of Virgin Mary. Under this mural the owner of the temple Ioannis Kourdalis offers the temple to Virgin Mary.

In the northern side there is a big mural of Agios Georgios on his horse that kills the dragon thus saving the small princess. Smaller pictures around it show the history of the martyrdom of Agios Georgios.

The holy altar is full of hagiographies. At its higher point it is shown the Annunciation of Virgin Mary. Below it there is a marvelous mural of "Platytera".



The iconostasis, one of the five eldest in Cyprus