CHURCHES & CHAPELS OF PISSOURI

 

Pissouri is blessed with a central main church of exquisite beauty dominating the village from its perch overlooking the village square. To sit outside on a cool Sunday morning listening to the chants and singing while looking east to the sunrise over Akrotiri Peninsular is one of the most spiritually peaceful experiences of Pissouri. In addition to Apostolos Andreas, Pissouri also has some interesting and quaint chapels scattered round and about, all well worth the visit.

 

Apostolos Andreas is the principal church in Pissouri Village District and stands proudly in Pissouri Village, overlooking the village square and with views to the east over the valley towards Limassol.

The main gothic church building is built from stone quarried from surrounding hillside villages, and transported by donkey to Pissouri. Construction commenced around 1835 on the site of the old church and cemetery, and was completed after nearly 50 years in 1883. Local artisans began working on the wooden divider that serves as an icon stand in 1880, and it and the other various wood carving were completed in 1890. The wood carvings are well known and are very intricate and beautiful. The surrounding courtyard served as a cemetery until 1912, and was then covered over.

 

Agios Alexandros Chapel is perched atop a small knoll to the south-west of the village with great views to the west of Cape Aspro massif and blue Mediterranean beyond. The church was built in 1990 at a site where there was a large bush of terebinths where the faithful used to go to pray. The tradition is to hang the clothes of sick children on the bush branches encourage healing by the Saint. Some uphold the tradition of faith, and clothing still adorns the remaining terebinth on the west side of the church.

 

Agios Spiridonas is a small chapel carved into the side of a rock face on the eastern side of Pissouri Bay near the Ampelochori complex. A largely inactive chapel, it has a unique natural rock ceiling and rear wall, with a small courtyard and bell tower.

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