Cyprus religion

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 a short list of churches in Cyprus as well as some of the monasteries in Cyprus.

If you want to see the full list of churches including a map displaying the location of each of the churches please visit: Cyprus churches

If you want to see the full list of monasteries including a map displaying the location of each of the monasteries visit: Cyprus monasteries

Cyprus churches - short list

The Agia Kiriaki Chapel is located 5 kilometres northeast of the village of Agros in the Limassol district. It is a church similar to that of the Timios Prodromos in Agros. The inside part of the temple is decorated by a simple wooden iconostasi , which was constructed in 2000 by Kyriako Agridioti , as the icons began in 1997 and were completed in 2007. The temple is small and its dimensions are 4, 5 x 4, 60 metres. The church was built in 1992-...
The old church of Archangel Michael is located in the village of Oroklini in the Larnaca district. At the foothills of the mountain north of the village, there is the church of Archangel Michael. It was built in the 17th century and it is a building of Byzantine Rhythm. It is a small church and can only accommodate 50 -100 believers. According to testimonials, the church was extended in 1867 in order to become a parish temple in the area...
The Virgin Mary Eleousa Church is located in the centre of the village of Agros in the Limassol district. It was built in 1919 in the area where the “Great Agros Monastery” was built. In 1894, the same year as the demolition of the monastery, the residents began the reconstruction of today’s church. The construction ended in 1909. It is a building with a crossed dome. It is a large enough church to accommodate up to 1500...
Agia Christina Church is situated in Limassol, in Germasogeia. The small Church was built during the 12th century and restored in 1996. During the restoration ancient wall paintings, dated back to the 14th and 15th century, were revealed. Agia Christina also houses an ecclesiastic museum.Location: Germasogeia, LimassolAdditional Information- Tel: +357 25 879898
The Royal Chapel of Agia Katerini is located at a small distance from the Nicosia-Limassol Highway at the west end of the village Pyrga.  It is built at a low hill which looks over a smaller river of the River Trimithos.The chapel was built and decorated in 1421/22 according to an inscription which lost today. It must be noted that there is also the possibility that the chapel was dedicated to Το the Pathos of Sotiros. It is a small...
The Agia Marina chapel, the main church of the community is located in the entrance of Potamiou village in the Limassol district. It is a church made of three rooms, in a byzantine type architecture with a hexagonal dome which was constructed during the mid-16th century. In particular, according to the inscription on the south side of the temple it is dated in 1551. The church is built with stone from the surrounding area which as Karouzis...
The chapel of Agia Marina is located in the Asgata village in the district of Limassol. The chapel is at the eastern side of the village next to the river of Arkosikia. This small chapel was constructed in 1935.At the point where the residents built the chapel, there was an icon of Agia Marina and an oil lamp hidden in a jar. It must be mentioned that the chapel was built due to the attempt of the theatrical group in the community who dedicated...
Agia Paraskevi church is located in the city of Geroskipou in Paphos. The Byzantine church of Agia Paraskevi is worldwide recognised as an extremely significant example of Byzantine architecture, dating back to the 9th century A.D. It has been argued that the church stands on the ruins of an ancient temple dedicate to the goddess Aphrodite, however this implication has not been verified.According to Geroskipou traditions, during the ancient...
Agia Solomoni Church is situated just 1 k.m. away from Kato Paphos port and was originally a Christian catacomb and is home to 12th century frescoes. At the entrance of the underground catacombs stands a large pistachio tree that is believed to be sacred. It is believed that if you tie a piece of cloth to one of its branches with honest intentions then you will be cured of your ailments.In ancient times the catacombs were carved in the Fabrica...

Cyprus monasteries - short list

The Agia Kiriaki Chapel is located 5 kilometres northeast of the village of Agros in the Limassol district. It is a church similar to that of the Timios Prodromos in Agros. The inside part of the temple is decorated by a simple wooden iconostasi , which was constructed in 2000 by Kyriako Agridioti , as the icons began in 1997 and were completed in 2007. The temple is small and its dimensions are 4, 5 x 4, 60 metres. The church was built in 1992-...
The Monastery of Priests or Agia Moni as it is well known as, is located in the Paphos district between the village Statos and the Chrysorogiatissa Monastery. It is built at a beautiful and quiet location away from the noisy everyday life. It is surrounded by a green environment, and the monks find peace there which is a necessity for praying and thinking. The Agia Moni Monastery is considered to be one of the most ancient monasteries in Cyprus...
About two kilometres from Fini, on the road which leads towards Agio Dimitrio, is the monastery of Agion Anargiron, from which the only thing saved today is the church and the wooden roof. As the architecture of the construction shows, there was originally one part of the church but the south wall was demolished and it took the shape it has today.Built at an altitude of about 920 metres at an area which is well known for the wildness of the...
At a distance of a few kilometres from Nicosia is the monastery of Agios Eraclidios. It is built in between the olive trees of the village Politicos, where the ancient town of Tamassos used to be. This town used to be rich because there was a lot of copper.The monastery of the saint is feminine. It is one of the first women monasteries which operated in Cyprus. It began its operation in 1963 with many nuns.When the Apostles Paul and Varnavas...
In the centre of the village of Pomos is the church of Agio Evpsihios. According to the Evangelist Mathew, Agios Evpsihios lived and dies during the years of Julian the Offender. The church was constructed during the 20th century. With the passing of time, as the village population was increasing the church urgently need to be extended. Therefore during the middle of the 20th century, the church was extended twice. The shape of the church today...
Agios Ioannis Lampadistis or Saint John Lampadistis Monastery is located opposite the village of Kalopanayiotis and it is build on the east side of the Setrachos river in the valley of Marathasa. During 1985, Unesco listed the monastery along with eight other chapels that are located on the Troodos range in the world heritage list. The Saint John Lampadistis Monastery is considered as one of the most interesting byzantine sites of Cyprus. The...
Agios Nikolaos Ton Gatonor St. Nicholas of the Cats is considered as being the oldest as well as the first monastery in Cyprus. Agios Nikolaos ton Gaton Monastery is located south each of Akrotiri Salt Lake, on Cape Gata in Limassol. Historically, the monastery dates back to the 14th century and it was abandoned during the 16th century. In the late 1980’s the monastery was re-occupied by Orthodox nuns.According to the tradition, Agios...
The monastery of Agios Panteleimonas is located in the valley of Achera, which is where the name of the monastery got its name from. The monastery is the oldest of the 18th century. This is shown from an inscription which is located on the west entrance of the temple. According to this, in 1770 the temple was renovated. These renovations were considered to be necessary because the temple was ready to collapse, from the old temple there are no...
The Holly monastery of Agios Alamanos in Monagroulli is located at the south of the village beneath the highway of Limassol-Nicosia near the caves of a nearby hillside. The monastery was built in the name of the Witness Georgios Tropeoforos. Local tradition states that in this area the saint Georgios Alamanos once lived. Saint George Alamanos is one of the 300 Alamanous saints which came to Cyrus from Palestine looking for a safe area to live...