Churches and Monasteries



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“Stavros tis Minthis”, a twelfth-century monasteryis located within the grounds of the Minthis hills golf whose name is derived from the monastery.  Inhabited by a single monk, the stone built monastery is an excellent example of architecture of the Byzantine era. The original building was set alight by invaders  but one of the monks had the foresight to take the sacred cross and hide it under some mint bushes nearby thereby ensuring its ...
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Ancient Religious Site Uncovered.If you’re interested in history, there is plenty of it to be found in Cyprus.Recently, the Cyprus Weekly and the Financial Mirror, along with a number of international newspapers, reported on an Italian archaeological find close to Limassol. An Italian archaeologist, Maria Rosario Belgiorno, claims to have discovered Cyprus’ oldest religious site - a 4,000 year-old triangular temple which predates any other found on the i...
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Kykkos Monastery is the largest and most famous monastery in Cyprus. It was founded in AD 1100 by the Byzantine emperor Alexios Komnenos, after the hermit Isaiah, who lived in the Troodos mountains, revealed that his daughter could be healed from a rare incurable disease if he would consent to build a monastery and donate to it the icon of the Virgin he possessed, reputedly painted by the Apostle Luke. The monastery is dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Kykkos Monaster...
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About one kilometre from the village of Tala lies the Monastery of Agios Neofytos. St Neofytos was born in 1134 in the village of Lefkara one of poor large family. At the age of 18 his parents arranged his engagement against his wishes, which was usual in those days. Neofytos ran away from the village and went to the Monastery of St. John of Koutsoventis to become a monk. Because he was illiterate he was assigned to the cultivation of the monasteries vines. While ...
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