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Church near Erimos, Máni, Laconía

The Agía Varvára church dates back to the 10th century and is one of the best kept churches in the whole of Máni. Never attacked by the Turks it managed to be kept in good condition over the centuries.

It is situated in open fields near a galley and an encounter with this Byzantine presence envelops you with an isolated sense of a magical and wonderful feeling.

Unfortunately, since these pictures were taken, the wall frescos were destroyed by visitors, therefore the images below are priceless. Recently, it is being kept closed to avoid further destruction.

This is the entrance to the church. Near the entrance, there are catacombes (you must move heavy monoliths to gain access) which make dark houses for scorpions. Boxes with human bones (recent) are also found around the entrance.

This is an outside view of the church.

This is a wall fresco, which has been digitally enhanced. The wall fresco is found near the catholic and was painted on the walls by hand, over many years.

The next two photos are additional images, also enhanced.

Finally, the coupola with a representation of Jesus, is found here.

To link to other Orthodox churches, click here.

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