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Chrysafa, Sparta, Laconia,Peloponnese

Church of Panayia Chrysafitissa

  
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Church of Panayia Chrysafitissa
Location:
2.5 km south of the village Chrysafa in Laconia, 15km east of Sparta
Region > Prefecture:   Greek Map
Peloponnese
Laconia
Municipality > Town:
City of Sparta
• Chrysafa
Altitude:
Elevation ≈ 445 m 
(Relative Height≈0 m)
Time of Construction   Origin
end of 13th cent.  
Late-BYZANTINE
H 
Castle Type   Condition
Fortified Church  
Not Good
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Chrysafa is a village 15km east of modern Sparta. It is a settlement with a recorded history of more than 1000 years. It thrived in the Late-Byzantine period and in the Ottoman period until it was destroyed after the Orlov events (Orlofika) around 1775.

There are several byzantine churches in the area among of which is Panagia Chrysafitissa. The older fresco in the church includes an inscription for the donors and a date:1290. Other parts of the fresco date back to the 17th century.

The ruins around the church indicate that it was part of a monastic complex. Apparently, the tower was also part of the complex and its construction could be dated with some certainty in the late 13th century, before 1290.


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