The church was built on the foundations of an ancient temple of the second century BC, which was dedicated to the nymphs. During the Ottoman period it was a parish church and called "of Solakis", possibly after the family to which it belonged. Photographs taken in the early 20th century show that the area around the monument was densely populated. Among the abundent decorative motifs enlivening its walls are many letters imitating old Arabic script.
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