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Royal Chapel of Agia Aikaterini (St. Catherine) - Pyrga village
Royal Chapel of Agia Aikaterini (St. Catherine) - Pyrga village

Considered to be one of the most interesting surviving structures from the Frankish Period on the island, the Royal Chapel was built in 1421 by the Lusignan King Janus.

The building is a small, single-aisled vaulted structure without an apse. In the past a portico enclosed the chapel on all sides (except for the east side). Up to the end of the 19th century, the ruins of a manor house or a monastery attached to the chapel were visible. Today only traces of these survive.

The chapel was originally entirely painted, but many of the paintings were destroyed during the course of time. On the eastern façade, King Janus is depicted in a wall painting, along with his second wife, Charlotte de Bourbon. The couple are kneeling in front of the Crucifixion cross, whilst another figure kneeling by the feet of Jesus at the scene of the Entombment is believed to be Hugh Lusignan, brother of Janus and Latin Bishop of Nicosia (Lefkosia).

Included in the mural decoration of the chapel is a series of coats-of-arms of the Medieval Kingdom of Cyprus, as well as graffiti carved into the frescoed walls. The graffiti belongs to various pilgrims and travellers, and the dates carved with them fall within the period between the 15th and the 16th centuries.

Region: Larnaka (Larnaca)
Address: Pyrga village, 32km from Larnaka, 35km south of Lefkosia, off the Lefkosia - Lemesos (Limassol) motorway
GPS coordinates: Lat: 34.925522 Lon: 33.431892
Contact No: Tel: +357  96 473060 (Mr. George)
Operating Hours: September 16 - April 15, Monday - Friday: 08:30 - 16:00
April 16 - September 15, Monday - Friday: 09:30 - 17:00
Operating Period: All year round.
Closed on weekends and on Public Holidays.
Entrance Fee: €2,50
For organised groups consisting of more than 10 persons there is a 20% reduction on the entry fees.
The Department of Antiquities can issue special entry cards for all its museums and ancient monuments: One (1) day entry cards - €8,50, three (3) day entry cards - €17,00, seven (7) day entry cards - €25,00.
Website: www.mcw.gov.cy/da
  Opening and closing times as well as entrance fees, are subject to alterations without notice. Visitors are advised to check before visiting.


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