Here you will find an overview of the most beautiful churches in Cyprus. Please note, if a church is locked, just ask for the key in the nearest tavern. Usually the village pope has it and will be happy to unlock the church for you.
The "Twelve Apostles Church" is located in the old cemetery of the village of Perachorio and contains rare murals in the classical Byzantine style from the 12th century.
St. John's Cathedral is located in Nicosia and adjoins the new palace of the archbishop. Walls and vaults were decorated with frescoes and paintings in 1730, including the "Last Judgment" with the terrible image of the "Lord of Darkness".
Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.; Saturday from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Agios Ioannis Lampadistis
The monastery complex in the village of Kalopanagiotis consists of three churches with frescoes dating from the 13th to the 15th century. The whole complex is covered with a protective roof.
Opening hours: may to october: tuesday to sunday from 8 to 13 and 14 to 18; november to april: tuesday to sunday from 8 to 13 and 14 to 16.
The Archangel Michael Church is located in the village of Pedoulas and has ancient frescoes from the 15th century and an iconostasis worth seeing.
Opening hours: March to November: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; November to April: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Agios Nikolaos tis Stegis
The church of "Saint Nicholas of the Roof" is located 5 km southwest of Kakopetria. The church from the 11th century is completely painted and contains beautifully preserved frescoes from that period. It is considered one of the most interesting churches in Cyprus.
Opening hours: Tuesday from 9 am - 4 pm and Sunday from 11 am - 4 pm.
This church is one of the most impressive and characteristic churches of the island. The five-domed building is located just outside Pafos in the village of Geroskipou. Dedicated to St. Paraskevi, the church still has well-preserved frescoes dating back several centuries.
Opening hours: April to October: Monday to Saturday 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.; November to March: Monday to Saturday 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
The church "built by the angels" is located in the village of Kiti, 11 km west of Larnaka. It has a wonderful Byzantine mosaic from the 6th century and frescoes from the 12th and 14th centuries.
Opening hours: daily 8 a.m.-12 p.m. and 2 p.m.-4:30 p.m.; June to August 2 p.m.-6 p.m.
Panagia Forviotissa - Asinou
This church near Nikitari is a good example of a typical Cypriot mountain church with beautiful frescoes on the wall and ceiling from the 12th to 14th centuries.
Opening hours: May to August: daily 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; September to October: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
The church was built in 1502 near the village of Galata. Its frescoes are in the Italian-Byzantine style, which arrived in Cyprus at the end of the 14th century.
Panagia tou Araka
The monastery church is hidden in the Troodos Mountains near the village of Lagoudera and was built in 1192. It contains some of the oldest wall paintings from the Byzantine period.
Panagia tou Moutoulla
The earliest gable-roofed church in Cyprus is located in the village of Marathasa Valley and has life-size frescoes of Christ and the Virgin and the founder dating back to 1280.
Located in the village of Peristerona near Lefkosia, this church is dedicated to the island saints Hilarion and Barnabas. The multi-domed church is a good example of Byzantine architecture.
Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 9 am - 1 pm
Stavros tou Agiasmati
The 15th century church is located in the village of Platanistasa and was almost completely painted with bright colors. It is built in the style of mountain churches with a gable roof.
Tou Timiou Stavrou
The "Holy Cross Church" is located near Pelendri, a village 32 km north of Limassol and has frescoes from the 14th century.