Larissa earthquake damaged 16th century churches

Larissa earthquake damaged 16th century churches

Larissa earthquake damaged 16th century churches

Greece’s Ministry of Culture announced on Monday that several old churches of the Larissa region were damaged during the earthquakes last week.

According to the Ministry among the oldest monuments in the area, the Agios Antonios church, dated to 1600, has cracks in the southern wall near the windows and the door, while the Agios Nikolaos Vlachon church, dated to the first half of the 17th century, has cracked in two.

Other churches, dated to the 19th century, also show cracks, or lost sections of the roof, while a section of the Agios Athanassios church in the cemetery, dated to the 16th-17th centuries, has cracked open in the north-eastern section.

In Elassona, which was closest to the epicentre of the earthquakes, a section of the modern roof of the Agios Nikolaos church – dated to 1743 – is in danger of collapsing, the ministry said.

The extent of the damage was recorded by archaeologists, architects, and engineers of the Larissa Antiquities Ephorate.

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