In the north-western part of the Troodos Mountains, at an altitude of 1150 meters above sea level is Kykkos Monastery, combining centuries of Greek Cypriots and in the fight against foreign invaders. This magnificent monastery was founded in the year 1100, it is a complete structure, connected by galleries and arches.
Deeply affect the wall paintings and mosaics, which are neatly decorated tower and the mighty walls of the sanctuary. The history of the monastery grounds Kikskoy inextricably linked with the icon of the Mother of God the merciful Eleusa written by the Apostle Luke with an image of the Virgin.
This monastery is also called sacred imperial and stavropegic monasteries Kikskoy Mother of God. Tsarist it is because it was based on the funds allocated by the Byzantine Emperor Komnenos Alksiem (1081-1118 years.) Of personal savings and stauropegic - in honor of the cross placed on the foundation stone to the monastery.
According to legend, in a cave on Mount Kikkos Isaiah lived a hermit. The Byzantine governor of Cyprus Manuel Vutomitis, spent the summer in village Maratasa, went hunting, where he was lost, astray, and by chance met the elder Isayu. Vicar approached Isae asking to show him the way home, on the hermit did not answer him, because, having escaped from the people, he made a vow of silence. Enraged silence governor hit elder. Returning to Nicosia, the passage of time, Manuel Vutomitis ill. Excruciating pain forced the governor to remember an old man, whom he hit, and he turned to God in prayer for healing, so stand up and apologize to the hermit Isaiah. God heard the prayers governor, came to Isae and said to the elder, that everything that happened with the governor was part of his divine will, and that Isaiah must forgive the governor, but ask Manuel Vutomitisa deliver to Cyprus an icon of the Virgin Mary that has been stored at the moment in Constantinople in the palace of the emperor. Hearing this wish governor grieved because did not know how to fulfill the request elder what Isaiah invited him to go to Constantinople together.
Long time governor did not know how to approach the emperor to extradite icons, written by Apostle Luke. But by chance, the emperor's daughter fell ill with the same disease, who recently underwent Manuel. And then governor, asking an audience with the Emperor, told him that his daughter would be healed if he sends the icon of Our Lady of Cyprus. The Emperor did not see no other way and agreed, and soon his daughter recovered. However, not wanting to part with the icon, the emperor summoned the best artists who were to portray her exact copy. But at night it was to Mary and said that she wants her icon went to Cyprus, and a copy will remain in the imperial palace. And the next day the icon was sent by ship to Cyprus, where she was waiting for Isaiah.
According to legend, during the march from the coast to the Troodos Mountains trees bowed as a sign of respect and reverence of the Holy Icon. To store icons emperor ordered to build the monastery, and this is by far the Kykkos monastery in Cyprus.
During the existence of the monastery had to endure a lot. It burned in the fires, looting, but the miraculous icon at all times remained inviolable. She is now available to many pilgrims. All cases of healing through the miraculous power of the icon written in a thick book, so that future generations have a true testimony of God's Glory.