Agios Ioannis (St. John's Cathedral), Nicosia

Agios Ioannis (St. John's Cathedral), Nicosia

St. John's Cathedral was built in the 17th century on the site of a 14th-century Benedictine Abbey. St. John's Cathedral was built in 1662 and dedicated to St. John the Theologian. The cathedral features Franco-Byzantine style. The Ottoman rulers required a modest exterior style, but the interior features stunning gilded woodwork and crystal chandeliers.

In 1720, the cathedral was renovated and converted into the Orthodox Archbishop's residence. Between 1736 and 1756, the interior walls were covered with beautiful frescoes depicting Biblical scenes. In addition to scenes showing the life of Christ, the frescoes show the history of the Church of Cyprus. St. John's Cathedral is Nicosia's only church that still features complete original wall paintings.

Cretan artist John Kornaris created the four impressive icons between 1795 and 1797.

The cathedral serves as the official state church and has a throne for the archbishop and places for the Greek Ambassador and the President of the Republic of Cypress.

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Sight Name: Agios Ioannis (St. John's Cathedral)
Sight Location: Nicosia, Cyprus (See walking tours in Nicosia)
Sight Type: Religious
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