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.
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.
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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