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Church of Saints Peter and Paul

Εκκλησία Αγίου Πέτρου και Παύλου - Ekklisia Agiou Petrou kai Pavlou

1.1 kilometers from main square

Church of Saints Peter and Paul
Church of Saints Peter and Paul, Gavalochori. Luka Tica, Foundation for Gavalochori
Church of Saints Peter and Paul, Gavalochori. Luka Tica, Foundation for Gavalochori
Church of Saints Peter and Paul, Gavalochori. Luka Tica, Foundation for Gavalochori
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Situated in the village of Agios Pavlos, part of the municipality of Gavalochori, the Church of Saints Peter and Paul is the most distinctive church in the village. The stone of which it is made is visible and not covered with plaster, and it has almost a trapezoidal or pyramid shape, with two stone flanks on each side that almost seem to be propping it up. The large, well-tended courtyard contains very old carob and oak trees, and you can see an old cistern that was used to supply water to the church. This is a church that is typically not open, so you’ll be able to see inside only if a service or ceremony is taking place in it.

One way to think of this church is as a church of refugees. When the Turks destroyed the monastery of Saint George in the late 17th century, the monks from that monastery settled in the monastery that became this church. Some monks continued to live on this site through the early 19th century. 

To find the Church of Saints Peter and Paul, start from the main square in Gavalochori and follow the signs to Vamos (Βάμος). After curving around the village to the right and passing both the old well and the village trash station, keep going down the road to the village of Agios Pavlos (Άγιος Παύλος). At the main intersection to the village, turn right on a road that requires you to navigate a narrow passage between two large brown houses. Keep traveling down this road past a cluster of houses until you reach the church, which will be on your right.

In 1866, the Church of Saints Peter and Paul underwent a dramatic renovation financed by the residents of Agios Pavlos. Another major renovation happened in 1898, when the church was stabilized with the addition of a wall to its northern side. A similar wall seems to have been added later to its southern side.

The 1898 renovation revealed round wires that were part of clerical head coverings called kalimafkia (καλιμαύκιa) (similar to stovepipe hats but without a brim) and a gold cross among the bones that were unearthed there. These artifacts suggest that clergy were buried in tombs both inside and outside of the church. The church might very well have been a burial site for other Gavalochori residents, too.

This church is named for Saints Peter and Paul. Saint Peter (Agios Petros, Άγιος Πέτρος), also known as Saint Peter the Apostle or Saint Peter the Rock, was a fisherman who became one of the 12 apostles of Jesus. Although he denied Jesus three times before his crucifixion, he was the first disciple to whom Jesus appeared after his resurrection. Saint Peter was one of the major leaders of the early church and is considered to be the first bishop of Rome or the first pope. He was crucified in Rome under Emperor Nero in about 65 AD.

Saint Paul (Agios Pavlos, Άγιος Παύλος) was a Christian apostle but not one of Jesus’s 12 disciplines. He was born around 5 AD in Tarsus, a city in what is now Turkey, and is known for founding several Christian communities in Asia Minor and Europe and for spreading the teachings of Jesus. He participated in the persecution of early followers of Jesus until he was converted to Christianity while traveling to Damascus. He was blinded by a bright light, and a vision of Jesus appeared, verbally addressing Saint Paul regarding his persecution of Christians. When Saint Paul’s sight was restored three days later, he embraced Christianity and was baptized. Saint Paul’s missionary journeys took him through modern-day Turkey, Israel, Spain, Italy, and Crete. Little is known about his death, but he was probably beheaded in Rome, caught up in a wave of attacks on Christians following a great fire in Rome for which they were blamed. 

The name or feast day of both Saints Peter and Paul is June 29, and religious services are celebrated the evening before and the morning of this day in the church. The evening service begins at about 7:00 and the morning service at about 7:30. The decision to jointly celebrate Saints Peter and Paul was made in 258 AD, when Pope Sixtus II transferred their remains to the catacomb of the Basilica of Saint Sebastian in Rome. The special position they hold in the Christian faith is evidenced by the fact that, in their icons, the two apostles are shown together, holding a small Byzantine temple that symbolizes the church.

Situated in the village of Agios Pavlos, part of the municipality of Gavalochori, the Church of Saints Peter and Paul is the most distinctive church in the village. The stone of which it is made is visible and not covered with plaster, and it has almost a trapezoidal or pyramid shape, with two stone flanks on each side that almost seem to be propping it up. The large, well-tended courtyard contains very old carob and oak trees, and you can see an old cistern that was used to supply water to the church. This is a church that is typically not open, so you’ll be able to see inside only if a service or ceremony is taking place in it.

One way to think of this church is as a church of refugees. When the Turks destroyed the monastery of Saint George in the late 17th century, the monks from that monastery settled in the monastery that became this church. Some monks continued to live on this site through the early 19th century. 

To find the Church of Saints Peter and Paul, start from the main square in Gavalochori and follow the signs to Vamos (Βάμος). After curving around the village to the right and passing both the old well and the village trash station, keep going down the road to the village of Agios Pavlos (Άγιος Παύλος). At the main intersection to the village, turn right on a road that requires you to navigate a narrow passage between two large brown houses. Keep traveling down this road past a cluster of houses until you reach the church, which will be on your right.

In 1866, the Church of Saints Peter and Paul underwent a dramatic renovation financed by the residents of Agios Pavlos. Another major renovation happened in 1898, when the church was stabilized with the addition of a wall to its northern side. A similar wall seems to have been added later to its southern side.

The 1898 renovation revealed round wires that were part of clerical head coverings called kalimafkia (καλιμαύκιa) (similar to stovepipe hats but without a brim) and a gold cross among the bones that were unearthed there. These artifacts suggest that clergy were buried in tombs both inside and outside of the church. The church might very well have been a burial site for other Gavalochori residents, too.

This church is named for Saints Peter and Paul. Saint Peter (Agios Petros, Άγιος Πέτρος), also known as Saint Peter the Apostle or Saint Peter the Rock, was a fisherman who became one of the 12 apostles of Jesus. Although he denied Jesus three times before his crucifixion, he was the first disciple to whom Jesus appeared after his resurrection. Saint Peter was one of the major leaders of the early church and is considered to be the first bishop of Rome or the first pope. He was crucified in Rome under Emperor Nero in about 65 AD.

Saint Paul (Agios Pavlos, Άγιος Παύλος) was a Christian apostle but not one of Jesus’s 12 disciplines. He was born around 5 AD in Tarsus, a city in what is now Turkey, and is known for founding several Christian communities in Asia Minor and Europe and for spreading the teachings of Jesus. He participated in the persecution of early followers of Jesus until he was converted to Christianity while traveling to Damascus. He was blinded by a bright light, and a vision of Jesus appeared, verbally addressing Saint Paul regarding his persecution of Christians. When Saint Paul’s sight was restored three days later, he embraced Christianity and was baptized. Saint Paul’s missionary journeys took him through modern-day Turkey, Israel, Spain, Italy, and Crete. Little is known about his death, but he was probably beheaded in Rome, caught up in a wave of attacks on Christians following a great fire in Rome for which they were blamed. 

The name or feast day of both Saints Peter and Paul is June 29, and religious services are celebrated the evening before and the morning of this day in the church. The evening service begins at about 7:00 and the morning service at about 7:30. The decision to jointly celebrate Saints Peter and Paul was made in 258 AD, when Pope Sixtus II transferred their remains to the catacomb of the Basilica of Saint Sebastian in Rome. The special position they hold in the Christian faith is evidenced by the fact that, in their icons, the two apostles are shown together, holding a small Byzantine temple that symbolizes the church.

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