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Koumpelidiki Holy Mother of God


One of the most important Byzantine monuments of Macedonia, Holy Mother of God Koumpelidiki, as is known today, stands in the citadel of the Byzantine castle of Kastoria, very close to the wall and its side towers. Its name comes from the word “koumpes”, which means “dome”, and it was created in the era of Ottoman rule so as to indicate the main feature of the church which the only domed church in Kastoria. The Byzantine name was probably Skourtariotisa Holy Mother of God and Akatamachitos (which means “irresistible”), titles befitting the capacity of Holy Mother of God as patron of the walls and found in an inscription of the rim of the dome. There different views on the dating of the church. Pelekanidis supported the earliest dating in the middle of 19th century, Moutsopoulos supported the dating in the middle of 10th century, after the repair of the city walls, and there is also the view that is based on the morphology of the wall, which sets the date in the 11th century, probably around 1020, the period of the restoration of the Byzantine domination in the area by Vasileio II.
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