CHURCHES BENEATH THE TREE (Daniel and Pantanessa)

The once magnificent Church of Daniel is in bad shape permitting entry only through a hole in its domed ceiling. Facing north, the original entrance was blocked by a landslide in the distant past. Painted between the 5th and 11th centuries the surviving murals depict the Annunciation and Prophet Daniel among the lions. The adjoining Church of Pantanessa displays a well-preserved fresco showing Christ’s Ascension being witnessed by the apostles.

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