A walk through Famagusta will give you an incredible feeling of time travel, if you devote part of your route to the surviving and destroyed monuments of the Middle Ages. One of these attractions is the Church of St. George of the Latins, which is located in the northern part of the city next to two other famous shrines – the Greek Church of St. George and the Cathedral of St. Nicholas.
The word "Latin" is not accidentally present in the name of the church. It indicates that Catholic services were held in the church. Just a 5-minute walk from the temple was the Greek Orthodox Church, also built in honor of St. George.
The construction of the church of the Latins was actively carried out in the 40s of the 13th century, and the church was fully completed by the end of the century. Stones from the city of Salamis were used in the construction of the shrine.
Unfortunately, the church was not destined to serve its parishioners in its original form for a long time – already in 1570-1571, when the Turks besieged Famagusta, the Church of St. George of the Latins was severely damaged by bombing. Since then, the restoration of the temple was not engaged, and only the ruins have survived to this day. only the northern and eastern walls of the shrine survived.
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