• Denomination: Agios Nikolaos

  • District: Nicosia

  • Town/Village: Trachoni

  • Category: Church

  • Religion: Christian

  • A.Monument: No

  • Ref#: 348

Description (Typology, Period, Actual Use)

Located on the SW outskirts of the village,  the church had been used as a mosque, as shown on the cadastrals of the early 20th c. Only the north wall, a part of the pointed barrel vault, surviving on the east side, and a part of the apse remain. The building consisted of a single pointed barrel vaulted nave with a lower semi-circular apse, covered by a semi-circular dome. A cornice course articulates the change of the vertical masonry to the domed cover on both the exterior and the interior of the apse. The nave was divided into three bays by two pointed arches of which the springers can be seen on the interior of the north wall. The articulation can be seen on the exterior, by supporting buttresses on the same surviving wall.  The apse wall does not appear to have been built with wall ties but as a separate structure simply leaning against the main body of the building and over time splits in the masonry have developed. The same building fault is witnessed in the separate construction of the masonry of the arches of the bays.  The wrong building technique must have been responsible for the ultimate collapse of the building, the remains of which are at their last strength. Beautiful arch springers in marble, both different,  are in situ. Traces of the inner layer of plaster are visible throughout the interior. The north doorway bears medieval Lusignan influence, with an arched interior and ancones on top of the exterior stone door posts supporting an flat stone lintel.

General Conditions

Structure: Ruin

Facade: Ruin

Roof: Ruin

Interior: Ruin

Decoration: Ruin

Mass: Decayed

Humidity: Dangerous

Comments: Decorative Features: Ruin - Arch springers.

Building Materials

Technical Details/Materials Used

Walls: Irregular coursed irregular stone and lime,plastered on the interior and possibly on the exterior

Roof: Pointed stone barrel vault

Floors: Unknown

Doors: Unknown

Windows: Unknown

Interior

Icons: No

Hagiography: No

Michrap: No

Small Signs: No

Architect Plans

Architect Plans: No

Cadastral Elements: Plot 389

Proposed Protection Measures

Must be designated as a historic monument-in dire need of consolidation. Ready to collapse.