Ayios Mamas Church The Tomb of Ayios Mamas and Icon Museum
St. Mamas Church was built in Byzantine times originally, on the place of a pagan temple. In the 15th-century, the church has been decorated by Gothic embellishments; and after 300 years, a dome has been added. Courtyard is surrounded by 18th-century monastic cells which are disused since 1974. A modern part of these structures had used by a bishop before 1974. Ayios Mamas Church has been opened on 1st September 2004 firstly and Mr. Neophytos (the bishop of Morphou), has performed a proper liturgy of the islandís most beloved saint Ayios Mamas. The church is now opened to public on Sundays. Considering that the church has not been used for 30 years, interior is in excellent condition. The iconostasis and walls of the St. Mamas Church are full of Venetian and some other icons. There are lots of antique cupboards, cups, chalices, richly coloured robes, gargoyles, and various objects and structures both from the date the church has been built and after the original construction. As you enter the north door, the Tomb of St. Mamas is on the left side wall draped in red curtains. On the side wall, there is an icon which shows us Ayios Mamas himself with a lion figure. Ayios Mamas is the most beloved saint in the island who gained a perpetual respect in the 12th-century by declining to pay his poll tax. As a result of that refusal, the local governor ordered him arrested, but with escort of a wild lion. Then he was quickly exempted from his taxes and life. It is said that St. Mamasí body emanated oil (gathered from two holes of a wooden flap) which calmed stormy seas and healed earache. Throughout the island, this beloved saint, Ayios Mamasí name has been dedicated to around 14 churches.