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Greek Painter Lovingly Restores Icons for Clearwater, Florida Church

December 31, 2022

Much of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Clearwater, Florida was destroyed in a 2015 fire and it took four years before the doors could reopen, but only now did they get the icons back to their former glory. That’s thanks to Achilles Tourlas, a painter from Greece and craftsman in iconography who put the finishing touches on them and said it’s because of his love for his work, reported Bay9.

He’s been doing it since the 1990s and went to school in Athens for it. “He loves the art of iconography,” an interpreter told the site of the effort to complete the pieces surrounding the new and improved sanctuary. “He works 10 and 12 and 14 hours and the next day he starts all over with the same pathos,” said the interpreter of the indefatigable Tourlas who just wouldn’t stop until he finished his work.

The work is a reflection of a Byzantine style of art that goes back over a thousand years. “It’s just beautiful art and symbolism and inspiration to us,” the head priest, The Rev. James Paris said. Look up to see Christ.

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