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The Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium
Annabel Jane WhartonAnnabel Jane Wharton

in the Troodos mountains of Cyprus, site of the Church of the Panagia tou Arakos. This structure of three bays, a central dome, and a single apse follows a plan common among the small mountain churches of the island. The pointed arches suggest a construction date in the second half of the 12th C.; the narthex and heavy protective roof are not part of the original structure. The first phase of the fresco decoration includes a Virgin and Child and two registers of frontal bishops in the apse and the lower fragments of a figure enthroned between angels on the south wall of the nave. The second phase includes the rest of the sanctuary and all of the nave (the group on the south wall was overpainted). Dedicatory inscriptions indicate that the second phase was completed in ... ...

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