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Church of Panayia Chrysoyeriotissa

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The Church of Virgin Mary "Chrysoyeriotissa" stands impressively on the peak of a hillock. It is the most ancient Church of Yeri and until the middle of the 20th century, it used to be the sole church of the municipality. The church was built on the foundations of an old Byzantine monastery which was dedicated to Virgin Mary of "Alypou". The previous structure of the church is dated back to the 16th century. Its present structure is the result of additions during the 18th century. More precisely, a seraglio was added on the western part during the primateship of Archbishop Chrysanthos.

What is noteworthy is the fact that stones from the ancient Monastery of Virgin Mary of "Alypou" were used for the construction of the church and "because of this, some remains of frescos are visible in some parts of the church". Moreover, ruins have been preserved from the Monastery at the southern churchyard, an underground built basin used for collecting water at the north-eastern end of the property, inside of which the church is built, and a gospel. The gospel is kept today in the library of Carpentras in France.
Church of Panayia Chrysoyeriotissa

In 2001, the Department of Antiquities of the Republic of Cyprus declared the church as an ancient monument and in 2006 proceeded with renovation works. The yard will also be reshaped during the current year.

The church celebrates on the 8th of September, holiday of Virgin Mary's Birthday. There is a regular Mass Service at the church as well as Sacraments.

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