St George in Agos Georgios/Agios Nicholas, Anidri
The story of St George and the dragon is well known and he has two churches dedicated to him in Azogires. However, if you look at the pictures above, the upper picture, the icon of St George in of Agios Georgios/Agios Nicholas in Anidri, differs from the lower picture, the icon of St George in the church of Agios Georgios in Azogires, the church just down the hill from the Alfa Cafenion. The Azogires icon, as is the case with the vast majority of such icons, doesn’t have the young boy with the jug or glass in his hand, riding on the horse behind St George. Who then is this mysterious figure?
According to Piotr Grotowski at
there are three versions of the tale of the young boy.
During their invasion of Paphlagonia (on the southern coast of the Black Sea) the Agarenes (Arabs) took many people into captivity, among them a young boy who was a servant in the
The cult of Saint George was propagated in Paphlagonia, especially in the place called “Potamos itoi i Oikiakos”, where a church of the saint was situated, to which numerous pilgrims were coming. A soldier lived there, named
In Mytilene on
Although the third version is known only from late manuscripts, the facts described in it can be related to the situation on the islands of the
Also on Crete, which soon after Cyprus became a Western colony (after the Fourth Crusade Boniface of Montferrat, who has been granted Crete, sold it to Venice) the subject of St. George saving the youth from captivity appears in the middle of the 13th century. One of the oldest examples can be seen in the fresco from
So there you are.