When I was told we'd be visiting a "small church" - I was dubious but polite. O.K. - I was the visitor, I'd go along. The fact is that this small church dates back to the 11th and 13th centuries and is on the UNESCO World heritage list. And justifiably so. The outside in narrow decorative brick-work is charming and reminded me of certain churches in central and northern Greece. The low shell-shocked door (battered by the Turkish army) leads into an extraordinary interior entirely covered with vivid paintings of saints, apostles, Bible stories and Jesus. From floor to ceiling, the ceilings too You can find these in many places but what takes your breath away are the expressions on the faces of the figures - They are alive with animation - you just KNOW what's going on in their minds. This for the epoque is extremely rare as religious painting was very stylized a thousand years ago. Some repairs were effectuated in the 16th century maintaining the same style. This excursion was indeed a wonderful surprise and I thoroughly recommend a visit. Unfortunately the alotted 10 minutes (only 8 visitors at a time) go far too fast and one is once again out in the graveyard before one has really had time to see every detail.
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