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 village of Pomos honours the Virgin Mary especially. There was also a small monastery in the area which was dedicated to Panagia Chrysopateritissa. About five kilometres from where the village is today is the renovated temple of the Panagia Chysopateritissa monastery. It was built in 1520. Today the church is the only thing left which was renovated recently. There are two versions about the name which was given to the Virgin Mary.The church...
Panagia tou Sinti or Panayia tou Sinti (in Greek: Παναγία του Σίντη ) is a remarkable cultural monument and is located in Pentalia, on the west bank of Xeros River. The date that the monastery was built is not well known but the church belongs to the first half of the 16th century. It is an Orthodox monastery and is dedicated to the Virgin Mary.The monastery was in ruins until 1994 when the restoration works started and completed 4 years later....
St Hilarion castle is located on the Kyrenia mountain range, in Cyprus. Its location was such as to allow the castle with command of the pass road from Kyrenia to Nicosia. The St Hilarion castle was actually a monastery and not a castle, and it was named after a monk in the 10th century.   The monk allegedly chose the site for his hermitage and a church and monastery were built there.The Byzantines began fortification during the 11th...
Stavrovouni monastery is situated on the highest point of the mountain of the same name (Stavrovouni), which is in located in Larnaca. This mountain was previously known to be Olympus, however a higher point of the Troodos Mountain has that name today. The Stavrovouni is devoted to the Holy Cross. In Greek Stavrovouni means the mountain of the cross.The monastery of Stavrovouni was established by St. Heleni who was the mother of Constantine the...

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