VOURNIKAS (Village) LEFKADA
At Vournika there is also a church of Ayios Ioannis Prodromos. This was a private church and belonged to the Karavia family. It is considered to be the oldest Byzantine church on the island, older even than that of the Monastery of the Odigitria. It is a single-aisled basilica built in ashlar masonry and with a wooden roof. The figure of an unknown saint beseeching was found in the apse of the north wall and the painting dates to the late 11th-early 12th century. The remaining mural complex of Ayios Ioannis of Karavias is much more recent, dating from the 17th century. The eastern wall is divided into registers. The lower register of the 'Platytera of the Skies' can be seen. The representation of the Ascension of Christ on the front of the side is large and versatile and all the wall-paintings bear the influence of the Cretan school. The whole of the Syvros region is full of a unique and varied beauty.
This extract is cited April 2004 from the Prefecture of Lefkada URL below, which contains images
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