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Church of Agios Charalambos

West of the "Kato Drys" village stands the main church that is dedicated to its Patron Saint Charalampos. With the passage of time the old Byzantine church tumbled down and today's church was constructed in 1897. It is a church with a single aisle and a v-shaped roof and it is not too big. It can accommodate around 150 believers. Externally it is whitewashed and has a tall, stone-made steeple that is adjacent to the east side of the church, outside of the chancel.

The yard of the church is paved, a donation by the village's inhabitants and emigrants. The church has no frescoes in its interior but the beautiful, woodcut icon screen is the church's remarkable "jewel". To the left and to the right of the "Orea Pyli" ("Beautiful Gate") we will come across the magisterial icons of the Lord. To the left there is that of the Blessed Virgin Mary, to the right the one of Christ, and further right from Christ there is that of John the Baptist. These icons come from the old Byzantine church that got ruined and they were transferred to today's church. It is worth noting that above the icon screen there are another two rows of icons, the so called "dodekaorto", which depict the most important moments of the Lord's life such as Palm Sunday, the Ascension, the Resurrection, and the waking of Lazarus. The icon dedicated to Saint Charalampos got burned and, so, they placed over that icon a hagiographic "face" of the Saint made with gold material, the so called "ypokamiso" (literally, "shirt"), with which they covered his icon. The saint is often a miracle-maker and a patron of priests. This is why, when in the church hymns are chanted in his memory, one hears the priest saying "… of the saint, glorious, holy martyr Charalampous". The long-lived, holy martyr lived to be -and martyred while being -more than a hundred years old. An old man with a broken down body but very young at heart. Old hands, old feet and old limbs but exercising like a young man; shaky in posture but a tower of patience and a diamond in endurance. He lived during the reign of the persecutor of Christians Seviros and the potentate Loukianos in the second to third century. For his devotion to the holy, apostolic faith of orthodoxy, he was captured by pagan tyrants and he suffered terrible tortures.

He is hanged, thrown into the fire, subjected to a number of other methods of torment and the more this snow-white and venerable old man is tortured, the more his soul youthfully chants:
" My youth is renewed like that of an eagle, o Lord, for Your love".
His name has been identified with joyfulness and brightness. He is celebrated on the 10th of February, on which day his Holy icon is carried about in procession. A folk fair is organised outside the church on that same day.

7714, Kato Drys
Tel.: 24342833
Fax: 24342833, 24342199
Email: symvoulio.katodrys
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