Panagia Theoskepasti Church

Panagia Theoskepasti Church

Andreas Demetriou (DLS)
Theoskepasti means 'Veiled by God'. The church is dedicated to the Virgin Mary. According to tradition, a fog was sent by God to protect the original church during Arab raids of the island. The fog made it invisible to the Arabs as they approached it and it thus avoided destruction. The modern church was built in 1923. It sits on a rock overlooking the whole Kato Pafos area. Hundreds of people, both locals and visitors, visit the church every day to admire the splendid wood-carved iconostasis, the excellent icons and, of course, to pray to the miraculous, silver-covered icon of the Virgin Mary, which is believed to be one of seventy painted by Luke the Evangelist. #Church #Cyprus #Paphos
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