Cyprus has many religious buildings
Cyprus has many religious buildings. Read on to discover our top five religious buildings, from the many monasteries, churches and mosques, to visit on Cyprus.
Churches, you can spot them in the towns and the villages. New ones are being added and the old ones are, typically well maintained. Monasteries – some date back thousands of years. A popular website lists twenty monasteries on the island. Though having regard to their map I’d suggest there may well be more. As for churches these easily number in the hundreds. Then there are the mosques which belong to those who follow the Muslim faith. Other religions are here present and are made up of Roman Catholics, Maronites, Jews, Armenian Apostolics, Hindus and more.
Read on to discover our top five religious buildings to visit on Cyprus
Monasteries are typically a complex of buildings which provide the living quarters and workplace of monks, nuns or monastics. Originally all monks lived as hermits, hence the Greek root of their name – monos – meaning alone.
Pay a visit and take time to contemplate the passage of history. All of the below mentioned buildings are interesting in and of themselves. Since this is not an exhaustive list you could use it as a starter for your own explorations. Who knows where that might lead you!
Our top five religious buildings to see when visiting Cyprus
- Kykkos Monastery – one of the wealthiest and best know of the monasteries on Cyprus. Founded at the end of the 11th century. Kykkos is also the burial site of Archbishop Makarios, the first President of the Republic of Cyprus.
- Stavrovouni Monastery – owes its foundation to Saint Helena, the mother of the Byzantine emperor Constantine 1 the Great. Stavrovouni holds a piece of the Holy Cross, hence it’s name. Stavros – greek for cross and Vouni for mountain. The mountain of the cross.
- Agelos Nikolaos at Kakopetria is a UNESCO listed Byzantine church which features some truly stunning examples of ecclesiastical wall painting. The church is the only surviving Mid-Byzantine katholikon (monastery church).
- Panagia Aggeloskitia – located at Kiti, en route from Villa Carpe Diem to Larnaca on the coastal road, lies this beautiful compact church. The name ‘Our Lady of the Angels’ gives no hint of the beautiful frescoes and icons that await within.
- Tuzla Mosque in Larnaca is located in the old part of the town, close by the Venetian fort at the seafront. Originally built as a Byzantine church the mosque illustrates the changing roles that religious buildings have had down the centuries.