Church of Our Lady Evangelistria

Mystras, Greece

Church of Our Lady Evangelistria is one of the Byzantine churches in the Archaeological Site of Mystras, an UNESCO World Heritage Site. The domed, cross-in-square, two-column church decorated with wall paintings dates from beginning of the 15th century. The few original frescoes still survive.

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Founded: 15th century
Category: Religious sites in Greece

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BARTOSZ R (15 months ago)
Pretty from outside but doors are closed so not accessible.
Grimmjow (16 months ago)
We loved it
Manolis Akoumianakis (3 years ago)
Στον δρόμο που οδηγεί από τον Άγιο Δημήτριο στη Μονή Βροντοχίου, (στην Κάτω Πόλη του Μυστρά), είναι κτισμένος ο μικρός, κομψός ιερός ναός της Ευαγγελίστριας. Η οικοδόμησή του θα μπορούσε να τοποθετηθεί στις αρχές του 15ου αιώνα, με βάση την αρχιτεκτονική του συγγένεια με τους ναούς της Περιβλέπτου και της Αγίας Σοφίας, τις τοιχογραφίες του και τον γλυπτό του διάκοσμο. Γύρω του υπάρχουν τάφοι και οστεοφυλάκια, που δείχνουν ότι χρησίμευε ως κοιμητηριακός ναός. Κατά τη διάρκεια της Τουρκοκρατίας δεν μετατράπηκε σε τζαμί και παρέμεινε στα χέρια των χριστιανών. Αρχιτεκτονικά ο ναός είναι απλός δικιόνιος σταυροειδής εγγεγραμμένος, με νάρθηκα στα δυτικά. Στη νότια πλευρά του νάρθηκα σχηματίζεται στοά από όπου ξεκινά σκάλα που οδηγεί στον όροφο. Στα ανατολικά της στοάς υπάρχει μικρό τετράπλευρο παρεκκλήσιο, που πιθανόν να αποτελούσε τη βάση κωδωνοστασίου. Νότια της στοάς αυτής μάλλον υπήρχε άλλη στοά, καθώς σώζεται τύμπανο μεγάλου τόξου με πλούσια κεραμοπλαστική διακόσμηση. Δυτικά του νάρθηκα σχηματίζεται θολωτό δωμάτιο, πιθανότατα οστεοφυλάκιο μεταγενέστερης περιόδου. Στα ανατολικά οι αψίδες είναι κτισμένες σύμφωνα με το συνηθισμένο ελλαδικό πλινθοπερίκλειστο σύστημα, όπως επίσης και οι κεραίες του σταυρού και το τύμπανο του τρούλου. Ο ναός διακρίνεται για τον ιδιαίτερα πλούσιο γλυπτό διάκοσμο στο εσωτερικό του, αντιπροσωπευτικό δείγμα της τέχνης του Μυστρά, με ξεχωριστό ενδιαφέρον, καθώς άλλα γλυπτά έχουν δυτικά διακοσμητικά στοιχεία και άλλα βρίσκονται κοντά στη βυζαντινή παράδοση. Από το αρχικό μαρμάρινο τέμπλο, που σήμερα έχει αντικατασταθεί με κτιστό, διατηρείται το επιστύλιο και το περιθύρωμα της Ωραίας Πύλης. Από τον τοιχογραφικό διάκοσμο, ο οποίος ανάγεται στις αρχές του 15ου αιώνα, διατηρούνται σε κακή κατάσταση, ελάχιστα ίχνη, στον τρούλο και στο Ιερό Βήμα.
Manolis Akoumianakis (3 years ago)
On the road that leads from Agios Dimitrios to the Monastery of Vrontochi, (in the Lower Town of Mystras), the small, elegant church of Evangelistria is built. Its construction could be placed at the beginning of the 15th century, based on its architectural affinity with the temples of Perivleptos and Hagia Sophia, its frescoes and its sculptural decoration. Around it there are tombs and ossuaries, which show that it served as a cemetery. During the Turkish occupation it was not converted into a mosque and remained in the hands of Christians. Architecturally, the church is a simple two-column cruciform inscribed, with a narthex to the west. On the south side of the narthex, a portico is formed from where a staircase leads to the floor. To the east of the portico there is a small four-sided chapel, which was probably the base of the bell tower. To the south of this gallery there was probably another gallery, as a large arc drum with rich ceramic decoration is preserved. To the west of the narthex, a vaulted room is formed, probably a later ossuary. To the east the arches are built according to the usual Greek brick-enclosed system, as well as the antennae of the cross and the drum of the dome. The church is distinguished for the particularly rich sculptural decoration inside, a representative sample of the art of Mystras, with special interest, as other sculptures have western decorative elements and others are close to the Byzantine tradition. From the original marble iconostasis, which today has been replaced with a built one, the entablature and the perimeter of the Beautiful Gate are preserved. From the fresco decoration, which dates back to the beginning of the 15th century, few traces are preserved in poor condition, in the dome and in the Holy Step.
Vasilis Xrysikakis (3 years ago)
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