The island was abandoned in Early Christian times; during the 6th century A.D., three basilicas were built just opposite on the mainland acropolis of Agios Georgios. To this day, the mainland site remains an important pilgrimage center for St. George, complete with two modern churches and accommodations for worshippers who flock to the seaside sanctuary for weddings, baptisms and festivals. These occasions, of course, always include the opportunity for swimming, fishing and picnicing. The old white-washed 19th century church of St. George is, according to local folklore, frequented by young men in love as well as by people who have lost their animals. From Hellenistic times onwards, then, this spectacular setting was a place of prayer, first for Apollo and later for St. George.

The continuity of worship at Agios Georgios raises some fascinating questions about the change from Paganism to Christianity; it seems that while the system of beliefs changed the needs of the local population did not. Both Apollo and St. George are portrayed as young, handsome, beardless heroes. Island-born Apollo is fond of maritime settings, and St. George looks after the fishermen as they sail out for the night's catch. Both slay frightening serpent-like creatures: Apollo kills the Python and St. George the Dragon. Apollo was the most popular male divinity in ancient Cyprus and, today, St. George is the most common place name on Cyprus, with over two hundred villages and cross-roads known under this title. The pagan shrine at Yeronisos and its Christian successor just opposite on the mainland provide a unique case study for continuity and change in worship experienced with the coming of Christianity.
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