Cyprus churches

The principle religion in Cyprus is Orthodoxy. The biggest part of Cyprus population (around 78% of the total population) belong to the Greek Orthodox Church of Cyprus. The Turkish – Cypriots (18%) are Muslim. There are also other minorities such as the Maronites and the Armenian Apostolics, Jewish and Roman Catholics which make up about 4%.

The Greek – Orthodox Church unlike the Western Church emphasizes on the resurrection of Jesus rather than his birth and therefore Easter is a much bigger celebration. Even if it recognized the seniority and prestige of the ecumenical patriarch in Constantinople, remains autonomous.

In the Orthodox Church, the most important activity is the liturgy. It recognized seven sacraments: baptism in infancy, followed by confirmation with consecrated oil, penance, the Eucharist, matrimony, ordination, and unction in times of sickness or when near death.

In Cyprus, there are many Churches in each town and village, each one devoted to a different Saint, or to the Virgin Mary. Most people attend Church during festivities such as Christmas, Easter, weddings, christenings, funerals or on Sundays. Apart from the many Churches there are also many monasteries which can be dated thousands of years ago.

Below you can see the full list of churches in Cyprus. If you would like to see our full list of monasteries visit: Cyprus monasteries

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Cyprus churches by location (district)

In the medival location of Tracheias or Tracheiados is the church of Panagia Tracheias of the 15th century along with the tomb of the founder at the north wall. It is a one room church with an arched roof and a bell tower.This church had many iconographies on nearly all the south wall opposite the north door. The eyes of the saints were worn out with a sharp object from the Turks in the nearby village of Pergamou. The iconographies are worn out...
The Panayia of Asinou church is located at the mountains of Troodos, at the centre part of Cyprus. At this church are some of the greatest monuments of Byzantine art. It concerns iconographies in churches which are saved from various phases of the Byzantine and Meta-Byzantine art dated from the 11th until 19th century. Then of these churches have been added to the catalogue of the UNESCO World Heritage Programme.The church of Forviotissa more...
The chapel of Prophet Elias is located on a hill of the village of Pomos in the Paphos district. Architecturally is belongs to the type of one room churches with a semi curved roof covered with tiles. The chapel was renovated at the end of the 20th century. Every year on the 20th of July which is the day the Saint is celebrated there are a large festival in the village. It must be mentioned that even though the village is located it the Pomos...
The Saint George Chapel is located south of Kalavasos in the district of Larnaca about three kilometres distance from the village, on the road towards the Mari village. The chapel is located in a flat area surrounded by wild vegetation. It is a small plain chapel with an arched roof.Its exterior is made of mud and it is whitewashed. The courtyard is paved with concrete and it is fenced with a small wall. It does not have a bell tower. The...
The Chapel of Saint George is about three or four kilometres in a forest southeast of the community of Argaka in Paphos. It is said that where the chapel is located was the old village called Eso Makounda. With the passing of time however the chapel was destroyed. It was rebuilt in the same place in 1989 with the help of the villagers. It is built with bricks and whitewashed. It can accommodate about twenty people in it. Its interior does not...
The Saint George Church was the main church in the community of Pachyammos before the temple of Agios Raphael was built. This temple along with all the other temples in the area were destroyed by the Turks during August in 1964. The fury of the Turks was extreme in particular with this church. The residents tried to fix it temporary. In 1992 with the assistance of the Metropolite of Paphos Chrysostomos B’, the temple was restored.
The Saint George Kefala Chapel is located about three kilometres outside the village of Kalavassos in the Larnaca district. It is said that the church is miraculous for headaches which is why the residents in the village named the chapel this way.The chapel was built during the 19th century and architecturally it is made up of one room with an arched rood and roof tiles in the shape of the temple. There isn’t anything in particular to the...
In the mountains of Troodos, in the centre area of Cyprus are some of the most magnificent monuments of byzantine art. This concerns some iconographies on churches which are saved today and depict various movement of Byzantine and Meta-Byzantine art from the 11th until the 19th century. Ten of these churches have been added onto the list of the UNESCO World Heritage programme. The church of Timios Stavros Ayiasmati is located at the eastern...
In the village of Potamiou in the Limassol district there are the ruins of three chapels. One of these chapels was dedicated to Timio Prodromo. At the place where the chapel ones existed, is a prefabricated chapel which is dedicated to the honour of Timio Prodromo.

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