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

Agia Anna Chapel

Leaving the Fini village and taking the road towards the south there is a mountain cliff where the chapel of Agia Anna is built. With money ...

Agia Christina Church

Agia Christina Church is situated in Limassol, in Germasogeia. The small Church was built during the 12th century and restored in 1996. Duri...

Agia Katerini Royal Chapel

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.&nbs...

Agia Kiriaki Chapel

The Agia Kiriaki Chapel is located 5 kilometres northeast of the village of Agros in the Limassol district. It is a church similar to tha...

Agia Marina Chapel - Fini

A little further out from the village of Fini, in-between the plain at the location vines, surrounded by trees and bushes and at a close dis...

Agia Marina Chapel - Potamiou

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...

Agia Marina Church - Analyontas

To the east of the village of Analyontas, between the graphical houses, is the church of Agia Marina. It is the main church of the village. ...

Agia Marina Church - Asgata

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 nex...

Agia Paraskevi church

Agia Paraskevi church is located in the city of Geroskipou in Paphos. The Byzantine church of Agia Paraskevi is worldwide recognised as an e...

Cyprus monasteries - short list

Agia Moni Monastery

The Monastery of Priests or Agia Moni monastery as it is well known as, is located in the Paphos district between the village Statos and the...

Agioi Anargyri Monastery

About two kilometres from Fini, on the road which leads towards Agio Dimitrio, is the monastery of Agion Anargiron, from which the only thin...

Agios Eraclidios Monastery

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 P...

Agios Ioannis Lampadistis monastery

Agios Ioannis Lampadistis or Saint John Lampadistis Monastery is located opposite the village of Kalopanayiotis and it is build on the east ...

Agios Nikolaos Ton Gaton Monastery

Agios Nikolaos Ton Gatonor St. Nicholas of the Cats is considered as being the oldest as well as the first monastery in Cyprus. Agios Nikola...

Agios Panteleimonas Monastery

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 mon...

Agiou Geogiou Alamanou Monastery

The Holly monastery of Agios Alamanos in Monagroulli is located at the south of the village beneath the highway of Limassol-Nicosia near the...

Agiou Mina Monastery

The monastery is built at a mountain area of the Larnaca district, at the borders of the Vavla village near the river banks of the Maroniou ...

Apostle Varnava Monastery

With the expenses of the emperor Zinona and other formal members of the Constantinople, the historical temple of the Apostle Varnava monaste...