MONASTERIES

The must-see churches and monasteries in Paphos.

An interesting day out full of history, culture and exploring traditional Cyprus.


Ayios Neophytos Monastery, Paphos

Located about 9km north of Paphos, the monastery of Agios Neophytos was founded by the Cypriot recluse and writer Neophytos in the second half of the 12th century, in what used to be a secluded location at the head of the picturesque valley.

The hermit carved a cave out of the mountains called the ‘Enkleistra’, which is covered with some of the finest examples of Byzantine frescoes that date back from the 12th to the 15th centuries.

The monastery has a noteworthy ecclesiastical museum and its later church also contains some of the finest Post-Byzantine icons dating to the 16th century.


Kykkos Monastery, Troodos

Located in the mountainous region of Marathasa Valley in Troodos, the Monastery of Kykkos is the wealthiest and most lavish on the island, and stands on a mountain peak, at an altitude of 1.318m.

Dedicated to Panagia (the Virgin Mary), the monastery provides all the necessary prerequisites for monks and believers to devote themselves to prayer and meditation. There are no regularly scheduled guided tours, however, many of the clergy, when not in prayer, are often very eager to explain and help guide you.

Today, the monastery produces Zivania spirit and other alcoholic drinks, and holds religious fairs on September 8th (Birth of the Virgin) and August 15th (Dormition of the Virgin). There is also a museum on the grounds.