In spite of the damage caused by earthquakes, bad weather or human ignorance, the mural paintings covering the walls and pillars on the church’s eastern side constitute an exceptional example of frescoes. They are of Byzantine workmanship and of great quality, and they were done by Greek Orthodox iconographers; specialists give their date as the third quarter of the 12th century, under the emperor Manuel Komnenos; they are from the “dynamic” phase of the Komnenian style.
The church’s iconography mainly consists of five scenes:
The frescoes in the three apses can be associated with the Last Judgment: in the northern apse, the Deesis scene shows the intercession; in the central apse, the descent of Christ to hell prefigures the resurrection; and in the southern apse, the bosom of Abraham and the presence of the three patriarchs symbolizes paradise.
On the two side walls: in the north, the Dormition of the Mother of God; in the south, the Crucifixion.