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Byzantine Kastoria

The basilica of Ayios Stephanos
The church of Ayioi Anargyroi
The church of Ayios Nikolaos Kasnitzis
The monastery of the Panayia Mavriotissa
The church of the Panayia Koumbelidiki
The church of the Taxiarchis of the Metropolis

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The Virgin and Anna Radine
Wall-painting portraying Anna Radine, wife of the donor of the church, Theodoros Limniotis, circa 1180, Kastoria, church of Agioi Anargyroi .

The Entombment of Christ
Wall-painting circa 1180,depicting the entombment of Christ, Kastoria, church of Agioi Anargyroi.

Saints George and Demetrios
Wall-painting with the figures of Saint George and Demetrios, circa 1180, Kastoria, church of Agioi Anargyroi.

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The Virgin and Anna Radine
Circa 1180

Saints George and Demetrios
Circa 1180

The church of Ayioi Anargyroi (dedicated to Saints Kosmas and Damianos) is a three-aisled basilica of the 11th century with marvellous tile decoration and interesting proportions. It has two layers of wall-paintings that belong to the 11th and 12th centuries respectively.

The earliest murals, which are clearly visible where the later ones have crumbled away, are not particularly expressive, being of a very conservative character.

The 12th century paintings, on the other hand, present a rich iconography and display all the signs of conspicuous artistic merit consistent with the dynamism of Komnenian art. Elongated figures of saints, their faces imbued with an intense spirituality, their stance noble, almost theatrical, create scenes in harmonious colours that comprise one of the most important works of Byzantine art.

One may marvel at the figures, among several others, of the donor Theodoros Limniotis, his wife Anna, their son Ioannis, and of the monk Theophilos Limniotis.

The Entombment of Christ
Circa 1180

See Also
Civilization - Churches (867-1204)
Wall-paintings (867-1204)

Macedonian Heritage
Content courtesy Ekdotike Athenon S.A.