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Cathedral of St. Sophia

Cathedral of St. Sophia. From the book: «Cyprus: Historical and Descriptive. From the earliest times to the present day». New York., 1878

Cathedral of St. Sophia. From the book: «Cyprus: Historical and Descriptive. From the earliest times to the present day». New York., 1878

CYPRUS: Historical and Descriptive.
From the earliest times to the present day. New York., 1878

The Cathedral of St. Sophia forms the centre of attraction in Nikosia. This fine edifice is built in the Gothic style, and richly decorated; of this ornamentation, only the carved stone-work remains.
The pillared interior of the church is approached from the portico by three arched portals. The walls of this noble building are decorated by whitewash, and, to please the Turkish taste, pillars and capitals are streaked and daubed with red, green and yellow. Happily the beautiful arched windows are still framed in rich carving. The base of the bell tower is adorned with two unusally high minarets.
Close to the Cathedral is the Church of St. Nicholas, with its three noble entrance gates; here all the niches are charmingly decorated with a living tracery in the shape of a great variety of stonecrop. The fine interior of this church is now used as a granary. The Archbishop's chapel is another interesting building, of which the walls are covered with ancient pictures. The archiepiscopal throne with its gilding and the handsome altar-screen, are but dimly seen in the mellow half-light.
As I left the Archiepiscopal chapel, I was met by a young priest, who brought me a friendly invitation to take a cup of coffee with the Lord Archbishop. I had so much still to see that I felt compelled to decline this courtesy. The young priest modestly urged that it was the custom for all strangers to pay their respects to his Grace, and that I should not willingly be the first to decline. My time only permitted me to make a hurried call, which fact I, however, since much regretted, as I afterwards found that the head of the Cyprian Church is a worthy and distinguished man, who well deserves his title of.

 
 
 
 
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