Agios Georgios Diasoritis

It is another important example of Byzantine heritage located in the valley of Tragaia, which is fairly characterized as a Byzantine park thanks to its great deal of churches. Entering to the village of Chalki you will meet a sign leading to the Byzantine church through a passable path. The route is enjoyable surrounded by olive groves and fruit trees.
It is unknown when it was actually built. However, it is probably constructed on the ruins of an ancient temple while some of the tombs located in its interior don’t seem to be Christians. Its interior really impresses the visitor since it is fully painted. The frescoes of the 11th century are in a very good condition, too.
It is a stone built church that stands out for its module and harmony. The dome is based on four pillars with side aisles forming an equal-angled cross, which is an unusual architectural technique on the island of Naxos. Its narthex has an inscription referring to Protospatharios (one of the highest court dignities of the middle Byzantine period awarded to senior generals and provincial governors) while it has coats of iconography dating from the 12th century and then. Plenty of light penetrates in the church’s interior making it even more impressive.
The great deal of frescoes and the way they are placed make the church an extraordinary example of Byzantine heritage. The main figures depicted are those of Agios Georgios (Saint George), Saint John the Baptist and the Archangel Michael. The painting has lots of details and mild colours while it was painted by a renowned artist.
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