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CHURCH OF ARHANGEL MICHAEL AT VLACHIANA

The major Church of Archangel Michael in Vlachiana belongs to the type of two-aisles 'kamaraskepasto' Temple, but with the Northern aisle is lower and less spacious than the South, while the eastern part is lower than the Western.

The frescoed interior decoration of the temple, which is kept in relatively good condition, dating based on the inscription that has survived in 1447. The murals are of good quality with multi-person compositions, where the persons are characterized by a classical and luminous beauty. Worth noting that in this particular monument recognized the art of prodromika stages of the Cretan school that will make her appearance potentials the next 16th century. Indeed, the illustration of Christmas in Doxastikoy very great composition of the Western Wall of the temple is unique among modern temples and resumed only by Cretan painters of the 16th century. and Athos. The very good quality of the painting in the Church of Michael archangelos in Vlachiana associated perhaps with the level of education of the sponsor holds the temple with jus patronato (under patronage of public law), as confirming the coat of arms of the feudal Lord in the lintel of the entrance (although the name of the feudal Lord remains unidentified, unfortunately). Externally, the Church is decorated on the north side and above the entrance with the words "pomegranates", i.e. decorative plates, which entoichizontai in the shape of a cross over doors or Windows of Venetian churches. Interest relief decorations door frames and agiothyridoy, which are influenced by the Gothic style introduced in the architecture of Crete during the Venetian period. Feature of rhythm is the ribbed sculptured arches placed over doors. The semicircular arc anakoyfistikoy drum preserved frescoes, while the lintel there is the carved crown of Venetian family. Note finally that the temple is today preserved by the 13th ODA financing of Paliani municipality.

The fountain that is immediately NORTH of the temple, 'Kavousi' according to locals, also recorded by Gerola, who describes it as" water reservoir with Dome Housing and arched opening decorated with double ripple. It also mentions the existence of embossed inscription with the year 1447, same with that of the Church of Michael the Archangel.

CHURCH OF ARHANGEL MICHAEL  CHURCH OF ARHANGEL MICHAEL

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