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In the lower northwest foothills of the Troodos Mountains, 1 mile (1.5 km) north of Stene (Paphos district), overlooking the bay of Chrysochou and the Akamas peninsula at 370m a.s.l. A now defunct monastery on the site is recorded in Ottoman times and perhaps since the early 14th century [Papacostas (1999a) 6.B.I.50].

Description: The architectural type of the original church remains unknown. Judging from the legnth of the west wall, whose lower courses were incorporated in the present rebuilt church, it may have been a cross-in-square structure.

Dating: A 12th century date is suggested by the Baptist fresco and the painted crosses reported on the west wall [MKE 14, 113]. A 13th-century date was also suggested in the past [Gunnis (1936) 432-33].

Later additions / alterations: The church was altered in the 14th century It was then rebuilt, probably following the collapse of the earlier building, as a three-aisled domed (?) basilica in the 15th / 16th century (the approximate date is sugggested by fragments of fresco decoration), incorporating the lower parts of the walls from the original building [ARDA 1974, 22; MKE 14, 113].

Modern repairs: In the mid-1970s the debris was removed from the interior of the ruined late medieval shell and the church was rebuilt as a three-aisled vaulted basilica [ARDA 1974, 22, 1975, 20].

Early literature: The ruins of ‘Khrysolakkona’ monastery and the shell of the church with three apses were mentioned by Hogarth in 1888 [Hogarth (1889) 19; see also Jeffery (1918) 410].

Views: ARDA 1974, figs. 39-40 [surviving apses and reconstructed bema vault], 1975, figs. 43-44 [west end before and after the reconstruction].