Ayios Ionannis Lambadhistis Monastery
Kalopanagiotis, Ayios Ionannis Lambadhistis Monastery
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The Ayios Ionannis Lambadhistis Monastery is located in the Troodos mountains, and due to periodic snowfall in winter, the cross-in-square church is covered with a sloping wooden roof. Attached to the north wall are two chapels, the outer one being a Latin seigneurial chapel like that found at Kiti (no. 28).
The arrangement of spaces reflects the use of the church for both Orthodox and Latin worship. The south part is a cross-in-square layout, while the north chapel is a simple rectangle with its own exterior door.
The Latin chapel is divided into two bays by a single transverse arch that springs from corbels, as at the chapel in Pyrga (no. 45). The pointed barrel vaults are painted to give the illusion that there are ribs. A small oculus near the apex of the south wall of the chapel lets in some light.
A simple wooden lintel atop corbels spans the exterior door leading into the Latin chapel. The main door into the church has a larger wooden lintel.
- Rory O'Neill, Nov 12, 2014
It appears that the opening in the wall between the Latin chapel and the next chapel was originally larger, but has been filled in to become a smaller pointed-arched opening. Wooden lintels such as those in this church are common in the Troodos mountains, perhaps due to the intensifying effects that mountainous geography can have on seismic accelerations.