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In the southeastern foothills of the Pentadaktylos Mounatains, 1.7 miles (2.8 km) east of Mandres (Famagusta district) at 260m a.s.l. A monastery is attested on the site in the Ottoman period, presumably to be identified with the Monasterio di Tochni mentioned in 16th-century Venetian documents [Papacostas (1999a) 6.B.I.81].

Description: The dome-hall structure with semi-circular apse was built in rubble masonry. The vaults and arches are slightly pointed, while the arched recesses along the north and south walls are formed not by the usual engaged piers, but by cylindrical piers under the dome [MKE 13, 136].

Dating: A likely later 12th century is suggested by the architecture [MKE 13, 136; 14th-century in Gunnis (1936) 444 and Hadjisavvas (1991) 105]. Procopiou proposes a late 12th / early 13th-century date [Procopiou (2006a) 65].

Modern repairs: The church was restored in 1969-70, when the plaster was removed from the the façades, the blocked apse windows were opened, and the masonry was consolidated [ARDA 1969, 9, 1970, 11].

Early literature: A founder’s tomb in the north wall and frescoes associated with it and in the dome were reported in the early 20th century [Gunnis (1936) 444-45].

Views: ARDA 1969, figs. 26-27 [before and after the repairs]; Hadjisavvas (1991) 107.

Plan / section: Procopiou (2006a) 68.