The portrait of Saint Marina is located on the northern semidome of the narthex, next to Cosmas and Damianus.
Marina is a universal saint, venerated both in the Latin and Orthodox church. The Latin church venerates her as Saint Margaret. She lived in Antioch, Pisidia and was martyred during the reign of Emperor Diocletian in the third century.
At Asinοu, Marina is depicted in her traditional Byzantine iconographic representation, wearing a red maphorion and holding the cross of martyrdom in her right hand. One may observe that the portraits of Saints Marina, Evdokia and Anna in the narthex of Asinοu are to be identified as identical figures.
Marina of Pisidia is frequently confused with Marina of Syria. Both saints were depicted on the columns of the Basilica of the Nativity in Bethlehem accompanied by Greek and Latin inscriptions declaring the importance of their worship for the Latin and Orthodox population of the Crusader Levant.
Marina of Pisidia, apart from her popularity in the Crusader states and Sinai as stated, was also widely venerated in Cyprus. Her depiction in Cypriot churches, though, began during the course of the thirteenth century. The earlier examples are to be found at Panayia in Kofinu, at Mutulas and at Saint Herakleidios in the monastery of Saint John Lampadistes at Kalopanayiotis.
Even though her depiction at Asinοu might be the traditional one, a less popular one, the triumphal victory over Satan, may function as a salvific model and connecting her to the pictorial program of the narthex.


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Ioannides, Marinos, “Saint Marina,” Αψίδα, accessed October 14, 2019,