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Panagia Dafniotissa (The Holly Temple of the Assumption of the Virgin)

The holly temple of the assumption of the Virgin is situated in the location "Panagitsa" in the pick of a small hill in the community of Dafniotissa, in the County Ilia and is about 2km. in the south-west part of the village.

Panagia DafniotissasThe year of the construction or reconstruction of the temple is unknown up to now. This monument is an indispensable part of the history of the area and was the source of the creation of some local traditions that are communicated by word of mouth and from generation to generation, among the local residents.
The holly temple is built according to Byzantine architecture, in Vasiliki rhythm. It is 80, 67 m2 in area, 3m. in height above the ground. The height of the wooden roof is 1,80m. The fountain is also made of stone and the level of the fountains is about 1,40m. below the ground. The surrounding walls are between 67- 72 cm in weight in the front and eastern walls correspondingly.
In the eastern part the nooks of the sanctum have multiple angles from the outside half-circular from the inside. In the west part of the church a rectangular stone made fountain was revealed 2,80m. from the front wall and as long as the front wall (9,85m.).
From the inside the church is plastered and the floor is made of concrete. The monument is crossed by two concrete walls that have three openings in the shape of a bow and divide it into three parts. Three stoned plastered walls constitute the icon screen with a weight of 0,50 each. Each one has an opening in the shape of a bow, which makes the three gates to the sanctum. The Holly Table is built and plastered (0,97-0,97)*. The floor of the sanctum is 8cm. higher than the floor of the rest of the temple. From a token taken by a wall there were no wall writings found behind the plaster.

Panagia DafniotissasThe kind of the materials used for the construction of the temple is only visible from the external, since the internal is plastered. The year of the construction is not known, but the way that it is built reveals that it was built, abandoned and reconstructed on the same –or almost the same fountain. The wonderful fountain of the western part reveals that the temple had once a different front wall or that today’s front wall may not have been its original. From the fountains to the pick of the walls there are levels of different stones and plasters. From the fountains up to a certain point on the walls there is conch stone, which has been exceptionally worked. It is worth mentioning that this kind of stone is not found in the area. From one point onwards the conch stone is replaced by other stones of the area, not so well constructed, along with concrete bricks and smaller embedded stones.

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