Church of St. George of the Latins

Although now in ruins, some of the finest medieval carved ornamentation in Cyprus can be found at St. George of the Latins. The church dates back to the first decade of the 14th century (between 1302 and 1307), and the superb quality of the masonry and workmanship suggests that it was built by master masons of the cathedral workshop who were trained in the Cologne tradition. Note the intricately carved capitals and remains of the church’s once elegant vaulting. It is likely that this was a Genoese church, belonging to the influential Genoese merchant community of Famagusta, which had established itself in the town at an early date, and thrived after the fall of Acre in 1291.

 

When you visit look out for the gargoyle perched high above the nave at the east end, which has unfortunately lost its head in recent years.