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Platres

Platres actually is the main attraction of the Platres. Pure mountain air and picturesque natural landscape fully immersed in an atmosphere of serenity, distracting from the humdrum of the city.

Active guests will enjoy walking in the nearby mountains, selecting the most suitable route. Attractions in the vicinity platres not so much, but they are all unique natural beauty.

Attractions Platres

Caledonian waterfalls

Caledonia is truly the most picturesque and popular among locals and tourists by the waterfall of the island of Cyprus. Many believe that this is the highest waterfall on the island, however it is not, there are waterfalls much higher. Every year, the waterfall is visited by tens of thousands of people, in connection with this, the Tourism Organization and the Forestry Department of the Republic laid a hiking trail to it. Also from Caledonia, you can reach the trout farm through the mountains on foot. Do not forget that on a walk through the mountains you will have to overcome many obstacles in the form of streams, moving along a narrow path strewn with stones, so when going on a hike you need to wear comfortable shoes, for example, sneakers.

The path to the Caledonian waterfall lies along the river Krios river Potamos. Glades, over which the age-old pine trees rise, are replaced by hollows covered with pine wood. Overgrown with prickly juniper hills alternately replace the mountain ledges, which without difficulty overcomes the rivulet. Moving along the path, you will meet with the symbol of Cyprus - golden oak, as well as alder, plane tree and strawberry tree, the bark of which is reddish-brown and shines through the thicket. Among the bushes of barberry and dogrose, you can find tablets, which in English and Latin tell about plants, trees and bushes located nearby.

The waterfall is located north of the village of Platres Panel, at the height of 1330 meters above sea level, on the river Krios Potamos (in Greek "Cold River"), the flow of water falling from a height 13 meters.

Caledonia Falls got its name 1878 year, according to one of the existing versions, thanks to the famous Scot, who claimed that the natural landscape surrounding the waterfall, reminds him of Scotland, which, in turn, in ancient times was called Caledonia. Name Scot Compare Cyprus with his homeland, history has not preserved, but behind the waterfall was enshrined Caledonian name.

Trout farm

Along the main road of the Troodos Platres village Panel, located trout farm, where you can watch how this river fish bred, and taste it in the tavern, located in the same area.

The farm is located at the beginning of the path to the waterfall Caledonia. If you want to see a real live trout and sturgeon, which is rare in Cyprus, you will be amazed arrangement farm because here all conditions as close to natural. To create a natural habitat of these species with the water tanks as well as artificial waterfalls, enriched with oxygen.

Hunter Mountains Waterfall

Waterfall Hunter Mountains, whose height is 8 meters, situated on the river Diplos Potamos (from the Greek. "Double river" or "river with two channels of") at an altitude of 1035 meters above sea level. Falls got its name from the Greek word "Andara" means "the sound of water."

Not far from the falls on the trout farm, you can buy freshly caught river fish and cook it, returning to the hotel after traveling.

Hunter Mountains visiting the waterfall is included in the one-day program "jeep safari" in the Troodos mountains, which offer local firms.

You can get to the waterfall along a country road, which has its origin in the village of Fini, breaking 1,5 km distance is the shortest route. You can use the other way, some of which asphalt, but the distance to the falls in this case is 5,5 km from the village of Platres Panel. Visiting the monastery Troodisa can also go to the Hunter Mountains along a country road 3,5 km long, in this case it is better to have a companion, not just a passing this route and who knows exactly how to get there.

Visiting the waterfall can be combined with a visit to the village of Fini, renowned masters thanks potted Affairs. Do not forget to visit the Museum of Folk Art Fanis Pilavakisa, there you will be able to emphasize the wealth of information on the potter's art, today endangered Cyprus.

Waterfalls Millomeris

Just like Caledonia, Falls Millomeris located on the coldest river Cyprus - Krios Potamos. Crystal clear waterfalls, streams of water that falls from the 15-meter height, is recognized as the highest on the island. Previously, he was little known as the road to it was impassable. However, a few years ago, cleared the way for Millomerisu removing stones from the path, threatening not only health, but also the lives of people. Near the foot of the waterfall was built a wooden bridge, through which passage through the river bed has become much easier.

There are many versions about the origin of the name of the waterfall, of which two are the most popular. The first holds that the name of the falls occurred from the Greek words "Milos" - wet and "Marys" - a place, as a result of: Milomeris - "wet spot." Another version says that the waterfall is named after the mill (for the Greek. "Milos"), once located in the vicinity.

The local natural landscape is created by age-old pines, ivy, immortelle, cypresses, Cyprus variety of asters and fragrant woodruff. In the crowns of trees fluttering large tits and miniature patches, you will also see here unruffled crested crows, ever-hurrying thrushes, fussy food and scary gluttons. On a stony surface, lizards lick in the sunlight, but other inhabitants of the forests of Cyprus, mentioned in the guides on Troodos, can be met only in rare cases. If you are lucky, then on your way can meet chameleon, hare, squirrel, you can also admire the majestic flight of the royal eagle.

Reach such a magnificent waterfall in two ways.

  • Foot - along the pedestrian path length 1200 meters, which originates in 100 Phaneromeni meters from the church in the village of Platres Panel. Travel time is about half an hour.
  • By car, breaking 4,2 km from the village of Pera Pedi or Panno Platres village towards Moniatis and entered a section of road length 3,8 km.

Pilavaki private museum in the village Foini (Foini)

Foini village is famous because of its pottery and oriental sweets "delight." Visiting the village, you can get acquainted with a very interesting exhibition of pottery private family home Pilavaki.

Monastery Trooditissa

Halfway from the village of Prodromos towards the village of Platres, at an altitude of 1392 meters, is located in the mountains of the monastery of Troodis, named after the icon of the Mother of God Trooditissa. He is the largest publisher of Orthodox literature. This monastery was founded in the 13 century, the church that has survived to this day dates back to 1731 year. Many priceless icons are displayed here, including the most famous and priceless icon of the Mother of God in a gilded salary made in Asia Minor. Annually, on 15 August, a religious fair is held here, which is visited by many people. The monastery erected on the southern slope of the Troodos mountain range, in the most often dense forest, has been the spiritual stronghold of the Orthodox people who live on this land for many millennia.

Miraculous image icons Troodisa was named Troodos mountain where the monastery is located. In mid-century English explorer 19 S. Baker, who lived at that time in the monastery, said that Sia abode is the closest to heaven.

The foundation of the monastery is traditionally associated with the appearance of the icon in Cyprus, which, according to legend, was written by the evangelist Luke, and was later brought to the island by a monk-ascetic, whose name history has not preserved. He arrived on the island in about 762 year and lived in the monastery of St. Nicholas in Akrotir until 787 year, i.е. until, at the VI Ecumenical Council under the empress Irina of Athens, the former veneration of icons was not restored. The monk left the monastery after the triumph of Orthodoxy and retired to a quieter place, taking with him the icon. This place was a cave, located near the monastery, today it is known as the cave of Trooditissa. Came the difficult times for Cyprus, the island was burdened with Arab raids. It is possible that during one of the raids an unknown monk died, the icon was lost and it seemed that forever. However, after a few years the relic was found again, and it was on the site of its discovery in 990, the monastery was founded. According to legend, one pious shepherd noticed an unusual glow over the mountain, with the help of Christians he reached the mountain, overcoming obstacles and obstacles, where a miraculous icon of the Mother of God was found and a shimmering lamp before it. Seeing this miracle, the inhabitants of the neighborhood decided to build a temple in honor of the Virgin near the cave.

And so began the work. However, all that was possible to build in a day, at night destroyed. Perhaps the desire of the Virgin was quite different. To Titorov (builders) abode angel appeared and pointed to a place where they should build a temple, namely half a kilometer from the cave. The monastery was built in a few months, the walls were decorated with paintings, but the main asset of the temple has become the very icon of the Mother of God, who flock to worship a great number of believers. Later the cave where the icon was found, was dedicated in honor of the Transfiguration.

The history of the monastery during the French rule (990-1570) remains unexplored. The period of Turkish domination was even more a test for the holy monastery. The temple was burnt and completely destroyed, but the Icon, fortunately, remained unscathed. By the end of 1650, the monastery is reborn. After 50 years, because of the tax burden, the church passes into the position of the monastery of the monastery of Saints Besserebrennikov Kozma and Damian in Fini. In this situation the temple was in the period from 1703 to 1760 years. In 1735 the monastery was visited by the Russian pilgrim Vasily Barsky, he describes the church as poor and small, where there is only one monk.

In 1842 the monastery was destroyed due to the strong fire. Only 1838 year begins construction of the main temple extant, construction led Abbot Meletios. The monastery was decorated with new iconostasis, pulpit, were bought liturgical utensils and vessels. Tradiotissa monastery as well as Kykkos monastery or holy abode Maher, in these years takes care of his church school.

Under Hegumen Herman, in 1856, a gilded iconostasis was built, which in its beauty and grace was not inferior to the iconostasis of the main temple of the Kikk monastery and the church of St. Lazarus in Larnaka. In the 20 century, the monastery was threatened with desolation, as the number of its inhabitants significantly decreased. Metropolitan of Paphos Leonty decided to transfer him to the category of cine (civic), under the tutelage of his father Damaskin, whose case will continue to be continued by Archimandrite Pankraty, who arrived at the invitation of Metropolitan Leonti of the Alexandrian Patriarchate. Thanks to the efforts of Pankratiya and the miraculous icon of the Virgin, the monastery again found prosperity and prosperity.

In 1799, the miraculous icon of Our Lady of the works of the iconographer John Crete was framed in a silver frame. It Virgin holding Jesus Christ on his right hand, crowned by two angels. Most of the icons that make up the iconostasis was made in 19 century, but there is also the earlier designs, made in the tradition of icon painting 17-18 centuries. It Leake St. John the Evangelist, Archangels Michael and Gabriel, is a striking example of the influence of Italian art of the Byzantine school. In 1999 the church of the monastery was painted by Cypriot artists.

The miraculous icon of the Mother of God Troodissa is famous for the fact that childless women, turning to her with prayer, were healed of ailments that even the most competent doctors could not cope with, they receive charity from her. Monk Varnava told many stories about miraculous manifestations of the will of God, regardless of nationality and religion. Talking about his stories, the monk takes out of his cell a box of photographs showing happy parents with long-awaited children. These pictures are sent to him from Greece, Germany, Denmark, Russia, Holland, South Africa and other countries in gratitude to the Most Holy Theotokos and the Monastery.

If you look at the miraculous icon of Troodissa from the altar, you can see how unusual it is. Directly in the board, on the front side of which the face of the Virgin is depicted, a stone was stabbed. According to legend, he fell from the wall to a teenager passing by the icon. This boy was the son of a once childless woman who prayed to the Mother of God about the child and made a vow that if God sends her a son, she will give it to the monastery as a pupil, and if a daughter is born, then she should be a pious Christian. The Lord heeded the prayers of a woman, and she had a son. When he grew up, he was given into a monastery for obedience. However, after a while the heart of the mother could not stand the separation, she wanted to see her child and take him home. From the falling stone of the boy who passed by, covered the icon, taking a blow at himself, it was from that time that a piece of rock remained in the icon board.

Another property of the monastery is the holy miraculous times, the history of origin of which is lost in the mists of time. Legend has it that this belt once belonged to a woman who was given the child because of the prayers of the Mother of God. For this, in gratitude, she left the monastery in its most expensive jewelry. And now pleading for the granting of this blessed child wear a belt, then the priest says a special prayer, and everyone who asks receives according to his faith. A carton father Barnabas images is becoming more and more.

Today the abbot of the monastery is Archimandrite Athanasius, known for the whole of Cyprus for his enormous enlightenment activity. With his blessing, Archimandrite Christopher and other brothers organized a monastic publishing house producing interesting books about Orthodoxy in the modern world, modern pseudo-religious occult organizations and new heresies. Under the spiritual protection of Archimandrite Athanasius there are several women's monasteries, at the time, under the auspices of the holy monastery of Trooditissa, the convent of the Virgin was built near Nicosia.

In the monastery runs a bookshop, there a huge selection of Christian literature published in different languages. If you ever happen to visit the monastery, monastic sure to buy apples, which the brothers are grown on hillsides Troodossa. This is perhaps the most delicious apples in Cyprus. You can always buy them in the traditional fairs held at the walls of the monastery in honor of the patronal feast of the Assumption 14-15 August (27-28 old style).

Mesopotamian waterfalls

This waterfall is located on the river Potamos Mass (from the Greek. "Internal river"), to the north-west of the village Saytas at km altitude above the sea level. Water with 7-meter high falls first on one platform from the solid rock, then slides down to the second platform. That's why this is called a double waterfall.

You can get to the waterfall on 5-kilometer dirt road, which originates in the village Saytas. From the village Moniatis path length will 5,5 km, from the village of Platres - 6 km.

Visiting the waterfall can be combined with a picnic, for which a special place (picnic place), named after the River Mesa Potamos (differently - Arkolahanias). Going down the path, you can get to the waterfall, which is located in vsgo 200 meters from this place.

Mesopotamian Monastery

This monastery was abandoned, but eventually revived the shrine. Abode is located near the village of Platres, near the eponymous waterfall.

Ancient village Omodos

This village was once owned by Sir John de Brie, Prince of Galilee. At all times it was famous for its winemaking traditions. In the village center, on the square, paved with cobblestones, stands the monastery of Stavros (Holy Crucifix). Here is a museum of the national liberation struggle.

Extraordinary atmosphere of the picturesque village of Omodos create structure predominantly white, braided vines and colorful flowering plants. Pure mountain air, beautiful nature, the bleating of sheep on pasture - here everything is harmonious. One gets the impression that the village exists specifically to by its narrow streets wandering crowds spellbound with curiosity considering white houses with blue shutters. Even the most generous with praise people speak with admiration that found themselves in a fairy tale.

The Cyprus Tourism Organisation (STO) is constantly expanding range of travel services, in accordance with the test requirements and preferences of the tourists visiting the island. On the island are becoming increasingly popular village of Cyprus and the so-called "natural" tourism. With 1992 year offer tourists' taste a slice of rural life, "and most of the foreigners have seen how wonderful holiday in Cyprus, conducted away from the city bustle and noisy hotels.

The village is located on the slopes of the Troodos mountain range, surrounded by numerous vineyards, its inhabitants still retain historical flavor and originality. It Omodos long time been the only center of learning and literature in Cyprus. It contains the largest and most valuable of the entire island key to the gate of the Holy Monastery of the Holy Cross, which was 327 visited St. Helena. In the temple there are icons in the monastery Russian painters.

The main attraction is the ancient village of Cyprus local wine, also you can buy embroidery local craftsmen, glass products are handmade and a variety of sweets. Firsthand look at the apparatus for the preparation zivania by visiting ancient winepress press. Every year, in August, the village festival of wine.

In Omodos can rent a room from local homeowners, enjoying delicious and healthy food, maintain a relaxed lifestyle. You will be able to participate in the harvest, watch the cooking wine and olive oil, which you can grab a bottle of home; these products on the shelves of stores across the city virtually impossible. In craft workshops can see being born true works of folk art.

In the village, the house in which for four centuries, generations of one family live Cypriots, whose descendant was talkative Socrates Socrates, is an ethnographic museum. Here is the interior, typical Cypriot village house. The focus is on the loom, which has Socrates grandmother wove clothing for the whole family. If you're lucky, you can enjoy traditional incendiary national music, which includes the host museum house, placing the plate in a gramophone.

One of the guests of the houses of Omodos wrote: "First of all, the apartments are unusually cramped, their lion's share is occupied by a bed, which is a kind of alcove, very tall and impressive, with an old canopy. To the left of the bed is a chest of drawers, decorated with antique accessories, such as a tarnished steelyard, a clock and a bronze candlestick, to the right of the bed there is a kitchen and a bathroom. The natural closeness of the apartments is explained by the fact that everything is natural here, just like a hundred years ago. From a tiny window, a ray of light can barely penetrate, the carpet adorns the floors with a grandmother's. And if it were not for the bed with the chest of drawers, one might think that you are not in the apartment, but in a monastic cell. "

Live in spartan conditions, surrounded by nature - lesson for everybody. However, according to SRT, the future agritourism Cyprus - it is not modest rooms in a rural buildings and real 3-4-star mini-of hotel where antique furnishings combined with elements of civilization, without which today tourists to the village lure.

If you decide to stay in their own room or in a village house, the locals certainly help you in this. Those who wish to insure and advance to rent a house, can refer to Ioannis Agathocleous. You can also stay in Omodos Panthea Motel, located at the entrance to the village. It offers beautiful views of the countryside and mountains.

Old wine press in Omodos

In the old rustic cabin you can see the restored ancient wine press - Linos, admire traditional interior rustic home in Cyprus. Here hospitable landlord necessarily treat you with home-made wine.

Monastery of Timos Stavros

Venerable Monastery of the Holy Cross is the main attraction of the village. In the main church of the monastery of the Holy Cross is stored particle, the bonds of Christ and head of the Apostle Philip. Monastery of the centuries-old icons and decorate elaborately carved woodwork.

Church of the Holy Cross in Pelendri (XII century.)

In the XII century. The Church of the Holy Cross in the village of Pelendri was built - a three-vaulted, domed church with unique paintings. At the beginning of the 4th century, St. Helena, the mother of the Byzantine emperor Constantine the Great, made a pilgrimage to the Holy Land and returned to Constantinople. The storm made Elena seek refuge on the coast of Cyprus. At night the Life-giving Cross of the Lord, which the queen found in Jerusalem and carried with her, mysteriously disappeared and soared above the high mountain, illuminating the island of Cyprus with her radiance. After conquering the Divine Sign, Saint Helena erected several Christian monasteries and churches in Cyprus to the glory of the Cross. From generation to generation a legend was told about the Cross hovering over the island, and in Cyprus they continued to build more and more temples dedicated to the Holy Cross. One of these temples was built in Pelendri in the 12th century.

At that time, the village was a feudal property of the Prince of Antioch and John Constable of Cyprus I and belonged to him, at least until that terrible moment when he fell victim to the treacherous conspiracy. Later, who succeeded King John II gave Pelendri his queen Helena Palaeologus. And these vast lands, until the middle of the XV century, remained in the possession of the royal family.

One-nave dome church, with a pointed vault and side niches, was executed in the Franco-Byzantine style. Then the arch, cut through the central niche, connected the later built northern aisle with the nave, which, almost certainly, was a Latin chapel. In the following centuries the church was rebuilt and reconstructed many times. The last addition was the southern side-chapel, and the entire structure was taken under a common roof. Today the Church of the Holy Cross includes three naves, of which only one - the central one - is completed by the apse protruding from the temple. The southern part is decorated with a partially preserved internal apse, which is completely lost near the northern aisle. The temple is crowned with a drum with a tent and a cross.

Painted the temple of the canons of the Byzantine church painting. The central dome of the usual image of Christ Almighty (Pantocrator) surrounded by gods, including the symbolic images of the evangelists: the angel (Matthew), a lion (Mark), bull (Luke) and the eagle (John). Sixteen of the prophets of the Old Testament, raznesshih good news around the world, have their traditional place in the spaces between the windows of the drum.

At the altar, where the top of the apse reveal the image of the Virgin Mary "Oranta" with the appearance of Jesus Christ in a medallion. The traditional scene of the Communion of the Apostles (the Eucharist), occupied in ancient times in the middle of the altar wall of the temple of the Holy Cross is absent. Under the image of the Virgin placed creators of Christian worship, such as Cyprus and the saints - Spiridon and Epiphanius Trifonos.

The true ornament of the central nave is a wooden iconostasis, with beautiful gilded carvings and ornaments, composed of simple geometric shapes - squares and triangles, with a predominance of gold, red, gray and black colors. Although the temple is dedicated to the Holy Cross, an image of Jesus Christ it does not dominate. The inner space of the central nave is occupied more detailed description of the life of Our Lady. In 14 the pictures fit the narrative of the life of Mary and, finished a traditional scene of the Assumption.

The New Testament cycle presented today on the south wall of the nave and the vaults with scenes of the Last Supper, the Crucifixion and the Ascension. In the bottom row of the central hall a series of saints rotates. Among them are images of the apostles Peter and Paul, St. Anthony (the founder of monasticism) and St. Simeon.

The presence of the coat of arms in Northern chapel of the temple suggests that it was the chapel of noble lords, and possibly the Prince John, younger brother of King Petros I. After the symbolism associated with the image of a lion, was a feature of Lusignan.

Decorates a small chapel carved gilded iconostasis.

In the church are kept two large wooden cross. Silver salary of one of them completely covered with scenes from the life of Jesus. In the center - under the image of SS Constantine and Helena with the True Cross-found, a small cavity-saving small symbolic bronze cross.

Wall paintings of the temple are made in two different artistic styles. One of them reflects the tradition of the so-called renaissance Palaeologus. In this manner discharged dome vault of the sanctuary, the eastern and northern side chapel of the sail. These paintings are elegant and soft delicate flowers. For other typical post-Byzantine style, detailed and somewhat rustic. Saturated colors and intense, angular shapes, and stocky.

A couple of centuries ago, the Church of the Holy Cross in Pelendri been abandoned. Every winter from its stone walls stoned huge snowdrifts. And only in the early twentieth century by the villagers it was restored and appeared in his charm admiring glances of people. The church is under the protection of UNESCO 1985 years.

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