Cyprus monasteries

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

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Cyprus monasteries by location (district)

The monument is built at a mountain area of the Larnaca district, at the borders of the Vavla village near the river banks of the Maroniou village. The exact date of the foundation is not known. The first witnesses for its existence are dated from the year 1562. During the following centuries we have an abundance of inscriptions in books and other items. In November of 1737, the monk Vasilios Barsky visited the monastery and described the...
With the expenses of the emperor Zinona and other formal members of the Constantinople, the historical temple of the Apostle Varnava monastery was built. The temple was decorated from the inside and outside with mosaics of the 6th century by the monk Alexandro. The temple as well as the monastery were hit by Arabic raids like that of the Halif Moavia in 654 A.D during which Salamina was destroyed. The earthquake which hit the area was also...
To the southwest of Analyonta , on a green hill is the monastery of Archangelos Michail. The specific time of its construction is unknown. The existence of the monastery is thought to have during the mid-18th century, especially in 1734 by a Russian traveller, while other witnesses mention that the existence of the monastery has been from the 12th-13th centuries in particular the monastery was said to have been built by ancient highly respected...
The monastery of Ayia Napa is located in Ayia Napa in the Ammochostos district. The name Ayia Napa means wild forest. The area took its name from the icon of the Virgin Mary of Napi, that is the Saint of the Forest and for short it became Ayia Napa.It is not known when the monastery was founded. The cave, the hiding place and the well all show that the Christian community has lived there since the Byzantine years. The name Ayia Napa has been...
Ayios Neophytos Monastery has been founded by the Cypriot writer Neophytos in 1159. He carved his home out of the mountain rock, which has today become a monastery in his name and there beautiful frescoes dating back to Byzantine Empire can be found. The monastery is located in Paphos near Tala and Tsada villages.Today, only a few monks stay in the monastery which has a museum featuring many religious items like manuscripts, holy utensils, old...
The monastery is located at a beautiful location near the Panagia village, west of the Paphos forest. It was founded in 1152 A.D by the monk Ignatios who found the miracle icon of the Virgin Mary in the area of Moulia in Paphos. The miracle icon was said to have been painted by the Evangelist Loukas.Ignatios transferred the icon to the mountain and built the monastery, to which he dedicated to the Virgin Mary Chrysorogiatissa. The monastery...
The Holy, Royal and Stavropegic Monastery of Kykkos (Greek:Ιερά Μονή Κύκκου), which lies 20 km west of Pedoulas, is one of the richest and best-known monasteries in Cyprus. The monastery is acknowledged under the name of Kykkos or the 'Mother of God of Kykkos”, but it is still unknown where this name derives from.According to one belief, the name 'kykkos' or 'kokkos', is related to the kermes oak (Latin 'quercus...
The Holly Monastery of Macheras is located at Troodos under the Machera Mountain. The Macheras monastery is in the second place of monasteries in Cyprus, due to its past and its riches coming after the Kykkos Monastery. It had very important land around it as well as many houses in Nicosia which were owned by the monastery. During the Turkish occupation, the monastery was even richer, but on the 9th of July 1821 a large part of it was taken by...
The Holly monastery of Trooditissis or just Trooditissa is a men’s Orthodox monastery in Cyprus which belongs to the Orthodox Church of Cyprus. The Holly monastery of Trooditissis has an excellent position in Cyprus monasteries not only for its remarkable natural beauty, but also for its antiquity, its art richness with which it has developed in many occasions.Location It is located in the community of Pano Platres of the Limassol district...

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