Church of St George of the Greeks, Famagusta
The ruins of the St. George Church still stand and can be seen in the Old City Walls of Famagusta. This church was said to be built in opposition to the nearby Latin, Roman Catholic Cathedral of St. Nicholas.
The central part of the church had a large dome which today does not exist due to Ottoman attacks in 1571 where it was demolished. Some of the damage also is a result of the two severe earthquakes that hit Famagusta in the mid-18th century.
Inside the church there are some fragments of wall paintings.
With three apses, this Byzantine/Gothic church is well on the way to disintegration.....sadly.
You can wander inside, although the ground is rough.
Faintly, on the western wall, you may see the remains of a Crucifixion fresco. And, under the dome, a ghostly glimpse of what glories were once painted there.
Look up, and you will see terracotta amphorae were incorporated into the building structmre. One theory suggests this was to enhance the acoustics, another that it aided the structure by adding strength without weight.
I have no idea which is correct, although I like the acoustic idea...I have seen similar amphorae incorporated into the Circo Massimo in Rome, and my archaeolofy lecturer told me it was to enhance the roar of the crowd.
Hopefully, funds will come from somewhere to properly preserve this ancient church (and the others in Famagusta).
But I am not holding my breath.......
Address: Musaffer Ersan Sok
One of the oldest churches in Famagusta, which was originally a monastery church.
Nothing much remains of the monastery, and little enough of the church .
The light wasn't right for my photograph to come out, but if you look closely at one of the column tops you'll see a whole set of carved bats.
Lovely place........a pity it is gradually ceasing to exist.
Address: Cafer Pasa Sok
Directions: More or less opposite the citadel (Othello's Tower).
The Church of St George of the Latins is a little church, actually it is more ruins than a church, but you can still make out its outline, with a bit of imagination. it was tiny but tall, and had tall arched windows and strong walls.
You can also make out the typical of the French (Lusignan) style of architecture; some people have suggested that thie building of this church dates back to when the town was not yet encircled by the first Lusignam walls.
Address: old town
Directions: off Namik Kemal, across the road from the royal palace