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 Aikaterini Fytefkias Church - Paphos

The Agia Aikaterini Fytefkias Church is located 3 kilometres outside the village Choli and 6 kilometres from the village Kritou Terra in Pap...

318 Holy Fathers Chapel (Agioi Pateres) - Archimandrita

The 318 Holy Fathers Chapel is located in the village of Archimandrita in the Paphos district. More specifically it is situated to the south...

Agia Aikaterini Chapel - Pachyammos

The Agia Aikaterini Church is located in the village of Pomos In a green area very close to the Pomos Dam, one can see the chapel of Agia Ai...

Agia Aikaterini Church-Tala Church Museum

The Agia Aikaterini Church is located in the village of Tala in the Paphos district. The Agia Aikaterini church is made up of one room an...

Agia Anna Chapel - Fini Vilage

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 - Germasogeia

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

Agia Irene Chrysovalantou Chapel - Mathiatis

The Agia Irene Chrysovalantou Chapel is located in the village of Mathiati in Nicosia. The chapel was built about 25 years ago by a donation...

Agia Katerini Royal Chapel (Vasiliko) - Pyrga

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 Kyriaki Chapel - Agros Village

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

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 Anargyroi 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 Geogios Alamanos Monastery

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

Agios Ioannis Lampadistis Monastery - Kalopanayiotis

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

Agios Neophytos Monastery - Paphos

The Agios Neophytos Monastery is located near the village of Tala, about 10 kilometres north of Paphos. Agios Neophytos had originally carve...

Agios Panteleimonas Monastery

The monastery of Agios Panteleimonas or St. Panteleimon is located in the valley of Achera, which is where the name of the monastery got its...

Agiou Mina Monastery

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

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...