Monastery paintings take shape at small Greek Orthodox church in rural New Zealand


The Sacred Monastery of the Holy Archangels in Levin, New Zealand is in the process of having its walls covered in religious icons, reports.

For the past two years iconographer Maria Pagu, a Romanian woman who is Greek Orthodox, has been painting images inside the church.

The first thing you notice when you look up is a depiction of Jesus Christ, the Christ Pantocrator, on the small dome at the top of the church.

The images on the walls inside the monastery are starting to take shape. Photo: Warwick Smith / Stuff.

The lower walls of the church are yet to be painted, but Ms Pagu has been making her way down.

“This is a conservation job, it’s something we create new. This is like my baby,” Ms Pagu told

The iconographer was asked by members of the church in Levin to help with the painting and now the abbot of the monastery, Father Meletios Pantic, says he’s grateful to finally see the icons on the walls.


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