• Denomination: Agios Antypas

  • District: Nicosia

  • Town/Village: Pyroi

  • Category: Church

  • Religion: Christian

  • A.Monument: No

  • Ref#: 343

Description (Typology, Period, Actual Use)

 Inaccessible, located within an turkish army garrison. The village was known to have been Turkish Cypriot and also has a mosque.  However, the following bibliographical material was located:


Jeffery writes: The village church is perhaps older than the Turkish occupation [i.e. Otoman, 1570] and one of the smallest in Cyprus. It is a sort of miniature or toy copy of  a Byzantine medieval church, with nave and two side isles, and a tranceptal bay covered by a small dome. Although of such pretensions, its nave is barely six feet wide and the rest of its parts are in due proportion. The iconostasis is poor modern work [i.e. early 20th c.], and the only architectural details about the tiny building are moulded arches to the nave arcade. This curious little church is dedicated to St. Stipas, an obscure dedication, possibly a local or corrupted form of Antipas, martyr of Pergamos. (The fist Bishop of Pergamos, traditionally the ‘angel’ of that church, addressed in the Apocalypse).


In an oil painting by Frank Wooton, the church is depicted as seen from the SW corner. The vaulted tranceptal bay, covered over with clay tiles is visible, as is the small cylindrical dome, also covered in tiles. The bell tower is also visible, set on the SE corner. The walls were whitewashed on the exterior. The doorway was arched and painted blue.


From the cadastral plan, the church appears to be set on the west edge of the village and has a cemetery surrounding it. A well is located to the right of the entry.


Gunnis writes: The church of St. Antipas is a delightful small Byzantine structure with a central nave and two isles; the latter measuring only 4 feet in width. The exterior west door has a small Gothic rose window above it. St. Antipas cures toothache, and his icon is much resorted to by those who are unable to find a dentist. St. Antipas is an obscure saint…

General Conditions

Structure: Not Available

Facade: Unknown (Not Visible)

Roof: Unknown (Not Visible)

Interior: Unknown (Not Visible)

Decoration: Unknown (Not Visible)

Mass: Unknown (Not Visible)

Humidity: Unknown (Not Visible)


Building Materials

Technical Details/Materials Used

Walls: Unknown (Not Visible)

Roof: Unknown (Not Visible)

Floors: Unknown (Not Visible)

Doors: Unknown (Not Visible)

Windows: Unknown (Not Visible)


Icons: Not Available

Hagiography: Not Available

Michrap: Not Available

Small Signs: Not Available

Architect Plans

Architect Plans: No

Cadastral Elements: Plot 53

Proposed Protection Measures

One of the significant buildings of Cypriot vernacular architecture. Needs protection.