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Byzantine Monastery of St. Paraskevi in Demati

The monastic complex is located south of the village Demati, at the foot of the mountain, at a distance of 30 km from Kastelli. Dating back from the second period of Byzantine times (12th – 13th centuries) it consists of the single – aisled church of Agia Paraskevi, the church of Archangel Michael and that of Agios Markos. In the first two temples icon paintings have been saved, as the Ephorate of Antiquities has intervened. The temple of Archangel Michael was bombed during the period of the Second World War and it has paintings only on the northern part of its walls, whereas the church of Agia Paraskevi is fully covered with icon paintings. The church of Agios Markos is in a poor condition. It needs restoration and there are no murals visible in it.

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