The monastry of St. John of Vomvokou

The monastery of St. John (Hagios Ioannis) is situated at about 10 klms NE of Naupaktos, at a small distance from the municipality of Vomvokou, on a mountainous and precipitous area.
Architecture
St.John of VomvokouThe katholikon of the monastery is particularly interesting. Its architectural type is Cross-shaped with four columns and a dome, six-sided apse and a narthex. The transversal antennas of the cross end up in six-sided apses as well, like the choruses in the architecture of Mount Athos. Bi-lobed windows open up on the polygonal apses. The roof is pitched, covered with tiles with a bell-tower at the western side. The small dome has twelve sides and is decorated with arches, shallow niches and single-arched windows. Decorative strips of indentated tiles run along the façades of the church.
The west side, where the main entrance lies, is decorated with two sculptures incorporated in the wall, but of unknown provenance. On the left, also incorporated in the wall, a part of a Byzantine parapet with a hare snatched by an eagle in relief. On the right there is an inlaid coat of arms of a Venetian lord with a relief depiction of a feather and a bird's footprint within a shield-shaped frame from which two fringed ribbons are hanging. The marble inscription between the two sculptures informs us that the abbot Arsenios restored the church “from scratch” in 1695.
Interior decoration
The interior of the church is completely covered with frescoes, possibly dating from the time of the building of the church. The themes of the frescoes are divided in horizontal zones: full-sized saints and saints in medallions (lower zone), scenes from the life of Mary in the middle and scenes from the Life of Christ (upper zone). In the narthex it is depicted, among other things, the prayers' book of John the Baptist and the Praises (Ainoi).
To the south and east of the katholikon there are the monastry's cells. Nowadays the monastery is run by a female community and its masses are particularly solemn. The nuns also maintain a workshop for Byzantine icons.
One can visit the monastery after calling at: 26340 27401


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