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Estavromenos in Chora – The Metropolitan Church of Kythera

Kythera (Chora)

The church of Estavromenos was built in 1660 on the ruins of another temple by the bishop of Kythera, Philotheos Darmaros. At the entrance of the church is a walled-in inscription indicating that the building belongs to the Darmaros family. The inscription also bears the coat of arms of the family. The church of Estavromenos is dedicated to the day of the crucifixion and the day of its celebration is Good Friday. On this occasion there is a song that starts with the following verse: “Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law…”. During the 40 days that precede Easter the icon of Panagia Myrtidiotissa is placed inside Estavromenos on a special stand that was built in 1806 by an artist from the island of Zakynthos.

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