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Church of Agios Nikolaos Orphanos

Last Update: Dec 2010

(early 14th century)

Churches, Byzantine & Post-Byzantine Monuments, Cultural heritage AGIOS PAVLOS , THESSALONIKI , GREECE
20, Herodotou street 54634 AGIOS PAVLOS , THESSALONIKI , GREECE
Tel.: +30 2310 202978

Church of Agios Nikolaos Orphanos - Overview

   The nucleus of the rectangular church is a long timber-roofed chamber with a U-shaped ambulatory along the three sides and a triconch sanctuary at the east. The marble iconostasis is preserved almost intact as well as a considerable amount of the painted decoration, which has been dated to 1310-1320 and is of a very high aristic quality.
   The church was the catholicon (main church) of a monastery, dated to the early 14th century A.D. The name is related either to the philanthropic works of St. Nicholas for the sake of the orphans, or to the probable founder of the monastery, a member of the Byzantine Orphanos family. According to another suggestion, the church was founded by the Serbian kral, Milutin. It is actually a metochion (dependence) of the Vlatades Monastery and it functioned as a church even during the Turkish occupation.
   Excavations on the interior of the church were conducted in 1959-60 and again, in 1971, at the propylon.
   The monument was restored in 1959-60. The monument is used as a church.

Church of Agios Nikolaos Orphanos - Map

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  • Archaeological service:, Tel.: 2310 968860, 2313 310400, Fax: 2310 968869, 2310 247106, Email:  
    9th Ephorate of Byzantine Antiquities, Thessaloniki

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Cultural Heritage • World Heritage Monument (UNESCO)
Visiting Information • Free admission • By appointment
On site monuments • Churches / Late Byzantine period, AD 1204-1453 • Frescoes

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