Hypapante church (church of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple)

lezanta The church of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple (Hypapante) stands on the slope of Mt Tsalikas, very close to the village of Sofiko, while the one of St Anthony is in the locality known as Tourla (or Zaraka).

Anastasios Orlandos, in his article «Βυζαντινοί ναοί της ανατολικής Κορινθίας», Αρχείο των Βυζαντινών Μνημείων της Ελλάδος, had suggested that they were Post-Byzantine churches dating from the 17th -18th c). Since then, several scholars have made reference to the two churches, but none has ever challenged Orlandos's proposed chronology.

[Both churches belong to a rare variation of the single-aisle cross-in-square type, in which the transverse cross arm is a little tighter and at a slightly higher level than the longitudinal one. Externally, both churches appear to have cross arms of equal width and height. The definition of the term used of this rare typological variation remains unclear. Various scholars have made different propositions, such as "cross-vaulted churches with dome", "vaulted domed basilicas", "single-aisle cross-in square churches" or "single-aisle churches with abbreviated dome". A more accurate term would seem to be: single-aisle cross-in-square churches with cross arms of unequal width.

The Hypapante church has a rectangular ground plan with projecting circular apse. The north and south cross arms are covered by flat arches. The dome has a cylindrical drum crowned by a level cornice and articulated with one window and three blind arches. The masonry is entirely covered with cement. The reconsideration of the dating of the monument is advocated by the wall-paintings preserved on the tympana of the transverse cross arms, which can be dated to the third quarter of the 13th c].

Zacholi (Evrostini) Agios Georgios church

Sources

Κappas Μichael - Fousteris Yorgos, «Επανεξέταση δύο ναών του Σοφικού Κορινθίας», Δελτίο ΧΑΕ, Τόμος ΚΖ΄ (2006), Athens, p. 61-72.

Οrlandos Αnastasios, «Βυζαντινοί ναοί της ανατολικής Κορινθίας», Αρχείο των Βυζαντινών Μνημείων της Ελλάδος, τ. Α’, Αthens 1935, p. 53-90.

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