Saturday, August 25, 2012

Ancient Ledras

This morning we visited the original Lusignan - era Benedictine Abbey, the Church of St. John the Evangelist which was sacked by invading Mamalukes in 1426. But Agios Ioannis was completed in 1662 on the ruins of St. John's Cathedral. It is the State Church. It is unbelievably small, and by no means a cathedral in the sense of the word today. But it is a beautiful Byzantium architecture and is filled with unbelievably gorgeous Byzantine frescoes and wall murals. The rules are - no pictures can be taken inside the church, so the pictures we took of the outside will have to suffice.
Relative to the size of the chapel - for those who remember the original Pomona Ward Chapel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints located in Pomona, CA, this is a very good comparison. And for those of you who have your ward located in the Los Angeles California Stake Center, please note - the old Pomona Ward Chapel is an exact replica of the LA Stake Center!

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