Agios Andreas, (Harkea)

It is one of the most important Byzantine monuments of Kythera. The church, which you consider the oldest of Kythira, dates back to the 10th century, while opinions have been expressed that the original church was from the 9th century. It is a cruciform temple, inscribed with a dome in its current form. It went through 5 construction phases. The first layer of the Byzantine frescoes is from the 10th – 11th century. The second layer is from the 13th century. and the post-Byzantine ones are from the 16th century. From archival evidence we know that the brothers and householders of the temple were the family of Megalokonomos.
The Church preserves frescoes from two Byzantine layers (10th – 13th), with the second layer from the 13th century being of particularly high quality. The church is declared a prominent Byzantine preserved monument (Government Gazette 58/Α΄/11-3-1925) and belongs to the type of transitional cruciform inscribed churches.

The temple has undergone extensive maintenance and fixing works as well as a series of wall removals from some parts of the temple.
To visit the Temple, contact the Archaeological Museum at tel.:+30 2736039012

Access: Asphalt road

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