Walking around Famagusta, it is difficult not to meet on your way some attraction. Those interested in architecture and religion should visit the dilapidated Church of St. George the Greek in the south-eastern part of the city.
History of St. George's Church
Cyprus was among the first states to adopt Christianity. The dominant number of inhabitants of the island were Orthodox. However, with the Lusignans ' rise to power, the influence of the Orthodox Church was weakened. In Famagusta, the Greek Orthodox population was concentrated in the southeastern part of the city, but for them there was only one small church of St. Simeon.
For Catholics, the Church of St. George of the Latins and the Cathedral of St. Nicholas were built. In the desire to have an equally majestic church, the Orthodox built the Church of St. George, which became the second largest in the city.
Throughout its history, the church has been used not only for its intended purpose and has survived more than one attack. In 1570-71, the Ottoman Empire laid siege to Cyprus. The Church of St. George was badly damaged by a cannon attack. By the way, some shells are still in its walls. In the 18th century, the city of Famagusta was almost completely deserted, and its buildings began to fall into disrepair. Sailors from the nearest port looked into the city and left behind "reminders" on the walls in the form of drawings of ships. They can still be seen today in the Church of St. George.
Currently, the temple is badly damaged, but some of its fragments, which can be judged by its former greatness, have been preserved. You can get to the territory of the attraction Completely free of charge at any time of the day.