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Panagia Neroforousa

The inhabitants of Pyrgos call it "Panagia  I Neroforousa" or "Panagia ton Eisodion" (Blessed Virgin Mary" the Water-bearing" or "of the Harvest").  It is located about 150 meters west of the village's main church, the "Panagia Pyrgotissa".  It was constructed during the era of the Venetian Rule, around the end of the 13th and the beginning of the 14th century.  A small and austere, stone-made, little church of the Basilica style.  From information that we have gathered, the hagiographic icon of the Blessed Virgin Mary is extant and preserved.  The hagiography is dated about 550 years old.  This icons is kept in the main church of the village and it is carried to the little church during the day that "Panagia  I Neroforousa" or "Panagia ton Eisodion" celebrates on the 21st of October.  During Her day a liturgy takes place, known to all the faithful, as well as a prayer for rain.  It is from this that She took the Name "Panagia Neroforousa" (Water-bearing).  

Internally, this church is flat with a very old, wooden icon screen, that was constructed in 1856.  Across from the High Altar and up above, there is a fresco with a representation of the Twelve Apostles while they receive the Holy Communion.  A bit higher up there is the hagiography called "Panagia Platytera".  Entering through the north gate, right across it, there is a hagiography with a representation of the "Agio Mantilio" (Holy Veronica).  (When Christ was carrying His cross while ascending Golgotha, Saint Veronica used this handkerchief to wipe Christ's wounds and tears).  At the back end of the church there is a room, the so called "katichoumeno".  The "katichoumeno" is an extension of the church, although it is separated from the rest of the temple by a large apse.  This is the area where the Christians who hadn't been baptised yet were standing whenever they came to church.

 
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