Agios Panteleimonas in Lakkomersina

Southeast of Apíranthos, between the road to Moutsoúna and the road from Danakós to the coast, lies a valley called Lakkomérsina. When we explored that area in November 2011, we discovered a small Byzantine church on the adjacent slope and followed a small footpath to visit it.

View over the valley of Lakkomérsina with mount Zeus in the background. The church of Agios Panteleímonas is located approximately in the middle of the picture.

Here you can see the small Byzantine church.

It is a low, two-aisled church without a dome, with a porch to the west, which results in a curious, almost square building.

As is typical of most small old rural churches, the roof of this church is covered with stone slabs.

Like most churches on Naxos, Ágios Panteleímonas is rather negligently built. These simple small churches are of special interest because – apart from natural decay – they are usually almost entirely in their original, centuries-old state, that is, they have never been reconstructed or renewed.

Like so many other small Byzantine churches hidden in some valley of the island, Ágios Panteleímonas also shows some significant murals: The southern nave is adorned with extensive but (unfortunately!) rather poorly preserved murals.

The nave is decorated on both sides with a series of standing saints. Unfortunately most are not in a very good condition.

These figures are in a better state. Note the garments decorated with beautiful, carefully painted details.

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