Sunday, January 18, 2015

Metropolitan Orthodox Church of Mytilene, Lesvos

The Metropolitan Orthodox Church of Mytilene, the capital city of the Greek island of Lesvos, is St Athanasius. It was built in the 18th century, and its impressive Gothic bell tower is evident from far away, being 33 metres high.

For the past two centuries, St Athanasius Church houses the holy relics of St Theodoros the Byzantine. Following the iconographic tradition of the period it was built, western interferences and themes are evident, for example the depiction of the Holy Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit), a theme not accepted by the Orthodox (officially). 

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