Cyprus at the moment there are about 600 Orthodox churches. All of them, no doubt, are the majestic temples deep and sincere faith. Those who are interested to touch the relics and visit these treasured places, we offer a variety of tours, the route of which is formed on the basis of individual preferences.
Let's try to briefly tell you about the most ancient churches of the island. Cyprus 12 churches are included in the list of world cultural heritage by UNESCO. We labeled them (*)
In the old part of the city near the building of the Archdiocese, it is the Cathedral of the Cyprus Orthodox Church. It was consecrated in the name of the holy Apostle John the Theologian. Cathedral was built in the XVII century on the site of an ancient Benedictine monastery, who bore the name of St. John of Bibi. John the Evangelist was especially love the Savior and for many years was the only witness to his earthly ways. He wrote the Book of Revelation (Apocalypse), which revealed the fate of the Church and the World.
The earliest capital of the Byzantine church located inside the Venetian walls. It is believed that it was built in the V century, but over time the temple was destroyed.
In the XI century on the ruins of the temple was discovered icon of the Virgin and Child, which he called Hrissoliniotissoy (Virgin Golden Flax fields). Soon on the site gaining icons erected a new magnificent temple.
Near Nicosia, on the outskirts of a small village there is a small cross-domed church, built in the XII century and consecrated in honor of the Apostles Peter and Paul. Mural fragments preserved inside the church, are classic examples of progressive religious art komninskogo period. Similar examples of fresco painting on the island is no longer extant.
Saint George - one of the most beloved and revered images in Cyprus. And today, in every church, in the ancient and the new, there is an icon or fresco "St. George and the Dragon." At the beginning of the XII century the name of St. George were consecrated two miniature cross-domed church in the villages around Dali Nicosia and Agrinio, near Larnaca.
The church is located near the Larnaca airport. Angeloktisti in Greek means - built by angels. In the altar area of the church preserved the unique mosaics dating from the beginning of the VI century. Altar picture of the Virgin and Child - one of the most ancient images of the Blessed Virgin Mary, called Brefokratusa later this iconographic type was called the Virgin Protectress, or a guide to.
Church of St. Lazarus in Larnaca erected on the site in the finding of the relics of St. IX century. Saint Lazarus was a friend and disciple of Christ. On the fourth day after his death, he was resurrected Savior. Wronged persecutors of Christianity, Lazarus is in Cyprus, where preaching the teachings of Christ. In 45 AD Barnabas and Paul ordained him bishop of Kition (modern Larnaca). In the temple to this day kept the relics of St. Lazarus, and under the chancel are two stone sarcophagus in which the relics of the holy and the holy spring flows.
Before the fall of Antioch in the XIII century Christians flown to Cyprus martyrs relics of Saints Cyprian and Justina, hiding them in a small village church Menico, near Nicosia. Many were healed, worshiping the relics of saints, including Cypriot King Peter 1 Lusignan, who ordered a little church on the site of a new temple in the middle of the XIV century.
This church, built in the XI century, is on the list of UNESCO world values and placed under protection by the Convention for the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage. Temple of the Virgin Asinou considered museum of ancient frescos and images of saints. The earliest church wall paintings dated XII century.
This church belongs to the unique, popular type of churches in Cyprus with a gable roof of wood. It was built in the XVI century. Archangel Michael, the heavenly governor, protector of many temples and very fond of Cyprus.
Temple, founded in the beginning of the XVI century, located in the mountain village of Paleochora. He is also included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. The special value of the church - it is his unique numerous frescoes.
In the village of Paleochora is another ancient temple, built in the XVI century. Temple Hrisopantanassy icon of the Virgin - in the translation of the Golden Vsetsaritsa written as in XVIstoletii.
Traditional Cypriot church of XVI century is located in a mountain village near the Askas Paleochora. Interior of the church is decorated with scenes from the life of John the Baptist, one of the most extraordinary images of the Bible.
Unique architectural and artistic terms Byzantine church. Built in the late XV century. Protected by UNESCO. The temple is painted with one of the best artists of the time Philip Gul.
Today this temple opens a list of 12 Cypriot churches protected by UNESCO. Built in the XI century, it keeps a unique wall paintings of the time.
Built in the year 1502 Greek officer Demetris Coron and his wife Elena. Was the main church of the monastery of the same name, will cease to exist in the early XIX century. Is protected by UNESCO. Frescoes that adorn the church combines Byzantine tradition and the influence of Venetian Renaissance.
Built by the locals in 13 1513g. Painted at the same time by means of one of the residents of the neighboring village. The church has been completely preserved cycle of post-Byzantine frescoes. Is protected by UNESCO.
Church lit in honor of the Virgin of pious parents - Joachim and Anna. History of the temple takes us to the beginning of XII century, when this place was built a small church, rebuilt several times and subsequently restored. In the center of the nave for worship exhibited great icon of the Blessed Virgin of the XVII century Kalionitissy, received its name from the site of the village where a temple was built.
Monastery of St. Lampaditisa located in the hamlet Kalopanayotis in 20 km from the monastery Kykkos and 70 km. from Nicosia. Relics of St. John Lampaditisa, venerated in Cyprus, are stored in the monastery. Unique church of the monastery consists of three "fused" temples and is famous for its beautiful frescoes. The temple also is an icon of the Holy Lampaditisa 1543g letters. Is under UNESCO protection.
In the same mountain village stands a small, almost imperceptible tserkovushka St. Andronicus. Reverend and his wife Andronnik Afonasej lived in the V century in Antioch. Family goldsmith most of its revenue donated to churches and suffering. Death of children spodvigla Andronicus and Afonasej a joint pilgrimage feat. Saints died in one day, were buried together and are inseparable to this day.
The village is in Mutulas 2 Kalopanayotis km from the village. Refers to a type of so-called "churches under the roof." The temple was built in 1279 g, as evidenced by the inscription under the mural, which depicts benefactors on whose money built the temple. In the manner in which the painted temple, shows the influence of Western European portrait miniatures, a narrow range of colors, the predominance of red, disproportionate human body image. Temple included in the UNESCO list of world cultural heritage.
The village is located in Pedoulas 3 km from the village at a height Mutulas 1200 m above sea level. The village is still one of 12 churches of Cyprus, under the protection of UNESCO. The temple was built in 1474 g donations Vasilisa Chamadosa priest and the famous frescoes of Minas. Unusual wooden iconostasis decorated emblem of Latin and Byzantine Lusignan dynasty imperial double-headed eagle.
The village is in 15 km east of Pissouri Panel. The church was built in the XIV century in a mixed Franco-Byzantine style. In the church are preserved magnificent wall paintings in the Byzantine style of the era Palaeologus later. Included in the list of UNESCO.
This village is located in the foothill 26 km north of Limassol. Holy Mamas very revered in Cyprus. Turks in the occupied territories in the district is the Monastery of Morphou, consecrated his name, where the relics of the Saint. Temple murals are made in 1465 year one of the most famous and talented artists of the time Philip Gul. In the church of St. Mamas wrote 85 frescoes. Is protected by UNESCO.
This ancient Byzantine church is famous for its unique frescoes of the XII century. They are a vivid example of the archbishop's school, which is the highest point for the development of Byzantine art. It was once the main church of the now-defunct monastery. Title likely derives from the word "peas" - araka which grew abundantly in that area. Is under UNESCO protection.
At the foot of the Troodos Mountains, near Limassol, stands a small church, built in the XII century and named in honor of the martyr Moors. Newlyweds and Timothy Moor suffered for his unwavering faith in Christ, during the cruel persecution of the early Christians. In memory of the Holy Great Martyr Church built throughout the Christian world. In Cyprus there giving that Maura was a relative of St. Barnabas.
Built in the XV century church amazes with its unique architecture. Symbolic number three, indicating the Holy Trinity can be traced throughout the architecture: in the arcades, aisles, entrances and domes.