The most famous monasteries of Cyprus

Here you can find an overview of the most famous monasteries in Cyprus. But please note, when visiting the monasteries is to pay attention to appropriate clothing. Short skirts, shorts, dresses with low necklines are not welcome.

Monastery of Agios Irakleidios (Herakleidios)

The monastery is located on the outskirts of Politiko, 23 km from Lefkosia and was founded in the year 400. For several years it has been inhabited again by nuns, who planted picturesque flower gardens here. The church is decorated with Byzantine frescoes.

Opening hours: May-September 8 a.m.-12 p.m. and 2-5 p.m.; October-April 8 a.m.-12 p.m. and 2-5 p.m.

Monastery of Agios Irakleidios

Monastery of Agios Minas

The women's monastery is located 8 km from Lefkara. It was founded in the 15th century. The nuns are famous for their icon painting.

Opening hours: during the day except between 12-15

Monastery Chrysorrogiatissa

The monastery is located about 40 km from Pafos on a mountain slope. It was founded in 1152 by the hermit Ignatius, who was led by a light to a hidden icon. The monastery is known for its wines pressed here and its icon restoration workshop.

Opening hours: May to August: 9:30 a.m.-12:3 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.; September to April: 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.-4 p.m.

Monastery of Saint Neofytos

The monastery with the living cave of the Cypriot saint is located 10 km from Pafos. It was founded in 1170 by the hermit and scholar Neofytos, who had your hermitage painted with pious pictures. The frescoes of the monastery are among the most beautiful of the island. The bones of the saint are in the monastery church from the 15th century.

Opening hours: April to October: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2-6 p.m.; November to March: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2-4 p.m.
Entrance fee: 1 € for the museum and the cave church

Kykko Monastery

Cyprus' most famous monastery is located at an altitude of 1160m in the Troodos Mountains, 15 km from Pedoulas and about 80 km from Limasol. The richest monastery on the island was founded in 1100 and has an icon of the Virgin Mary, which is said to have been painted by the evangelist Luke. Near the monastery is the tomb of Archbishop Makarios III, the first president of the Republic.

Opening hours: June to October: daily 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; November to May: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. (Museum of the Kykko Monastery).
Entrance fee: 5 €

kykkos monastery

Machairas Monastery (Makheras)

The monastery is located at an altitude of 880m in the eastern Troodos promontory, about 13 km from Politiko and 40 kkm from Lefkosia. The monastery, founded in the 12th century, has a miraculous icon which was guarded by a knife when it was found - hence the name (machairi = knife).

Opening hours: daily 8:30 - 17:30

Stavrovouni Monastery

Stravrovouni Monastery is the oldest monastery in Cyprus and is located 690 m high on a steep rock, about 40 km from Larnaca. The monastery was founded in 327 by the mother of Emperor Constantine, Saint Helena, who left here a part of the Cross of Christ found in Jerusalem. The relic is kept in the silver cross on the far right of the iconostasis. Women are not admitted to the Stavrovouni Monastery.

Opening hours: September to March: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.; April to August: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Trooditissa Monastery

The highest monastery of the island is located in the middle of the Troodos Mountains at an altitude of 1300 m, about 5 km from Pafos. It was founded around 1250 and contains valuable icons and the "Holy Belt", which childless women put on to become fertile.

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