Saint Irene, the Daughter of Saint Spiridon, constitutes an iconographical unicum, attested only at Asinou church. She holds a cross, the characteristic feature of a martyr and wears a maphorion of brown and dark blue colours.
Information concerning her life are drawn exclusively from the Life of Saint Spiridon. According to the story, an unknown man handed over his personal valuable items to her before leaving on a journey. When he returned he was informed that Irini was dead and he was terrified that he lost all his belongings. Then he visited his father and Saint Spyridon went to her grave and called her back to life in order to indicate to him where she had buried his valuable things.
The explanation for choosing Saint Irini to be displayed in the narthex must be twofold. Primarily she is linked to the message of narthex’s iconographic program regarding the Second Coming and resurrection and secondly due to the fact that she is a local saint.


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Ioannides, Marinos, “Saint Irene,” Αψίδα, accessed October 14, 2019, https://apsida.cut.ac.cy/items/show/45308.