Hagios Georgios

Department Archive
Collection Byzantine Research Fund
Reference No. BRF/01/01/03/003
Level Item
Place Loukissia
Dates May 16th
Creator Weir Schultz, Mr Robert
Barnsley, Mr Sidney Howard
Scope and Content Ground plan (top) - Unfinished part of elevation (bottom). This is a preliminary drawing. It is dated in pencil in the lower right-hand corner. As noted in ink in the lower left-hand corner A.H.S. Megaw copied it on October 13th 1932. Further annotation in pencil survives.
Further information The church of Hagios Georgios at Loukissia village -north Boeotia, very close to Chalkis- is a small one-aisled domed tetraconch with side-conches in each one of the main four. The walling of the monument consists almost exclusively of large carefully cut blocks of bricks- predominant in the exterior decoration of the monument is the almost complete absence of ornamental brickwork, Kufic or pseudo-Kufic inserts. The gable ends in all four sides of the building are decorated by arched brick courses, three subsidiary brick arches -the central rises slightly above the other two- are used to decorate the space between the courses and the dentil cornice that surrounds the church.

Glazed ceramic bowls are used to decorate the filling of the space between these arches. The carefully constructed octagonal dome of the church is decorated by slender columns with impost capitals. Fragments of wall-paintings survive in the side-conches while a fourteenth-century Crucifixion decorates the entrance to the church. The rest of the surviving frescoes date to the post-Byzantine period (17th c.). Interesting pieces of sculpture were used in different parts of the church interior (i.e. as altar in the holy bema).