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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 scenic and popular among locals and tourists waterfall island of Cyprus. Many believe that it is the highest waterfall on the island, but it is not, there are waterfalls much higher. Every year, tens of thousands visit the waterfall of people in connection with this, the Organization of Tourism and the Department of Forestry to it paved footpath. Also from Caledonia possible through the mountains on foot to get to the trout farm. Do not forget that for a walk in the mountains you will have to overcome many obstacles in the form of streams, moving along the narrow path, strewn with stones, therefore, going to need to put on shoes trekking comfortable shoes, such as sneakers.

The trail to the Caledonian Falls runs along the river Krios Potamos. Field over which towered ancient pines are replaced by ravines covered with pine forest. Overgrown with prickly juniper hills alternately replace mountain ledges, which easily overcomes the rivulet. Moving along the path, you will meet with the symbol of Cyprus - golden oak and alder, sycamore and strawberry tree, the bark of which has a reddish-brown color and shines like through the thicket. Barberry bushes of wild rose and signs can be seen that in both English and Latin talk about plants, trees and bushes 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 create a secular pine trees, ivy, Helichrysum, cypress, Cypriot variety of asters and sweet woodruff. In the trees fluttering great tits and tiny dipper, as you see here undisturbed crested crows, blackbirds always hurrying, pikas fussy and timid crossbills. On rocky ground in the sun basking lizards, but other forest dwellers of Cyprus referred to in guidebooks to Troodos, can be found only in rare cases. If you're lucky, you can on your way to meet a chameleon, rabbit, squirrel, you can also admire the majestic flight of the imperial 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 between the village of Prodromos towards Platres village, at an altitude of 1392 meters, is located in the mountains Troodisa monastery, named in honor of the Mother of God Trooditissa. It is the largest publisher of Orthodox literature. This monastery was founded in 13 century extant church dates 1731 year. Exhibited here many priceless icons, including the most famous and priceless icon of Virgin Mary in a gilded frame, manufactured in Asia Minor. Annually, 15 August religious fair is held here, which is visited by many people. The monastery, built on the southern slopes of the Troodos mountain range, most often in a dense forest, for thousands of years is a spiritual stronghold of living on this earth Orthodox people.

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.

Founding of the monastery is traditionally associated with the appearance of the icon in Cyprus, which, according to legend, was written by Luke, and subsequently brought to the island ascetic monk, whose name history has not preserved. He arrived on the island about 762 year and lived in the monastery of St. Nicholas in Akrotiri to 787 years, ie until then, until the VI Ecumenical Council of the Empress Irene of Athens was not restored former veneration of icons. Monk left the monastery after the triumph of Orthodoxy and retired to a quieter place, taking with him an icon. Thereby became a place of cave located near the monastery, today it is known as cave Trooditissa. Fell on hard times for Cyprus, the island was burdened by the Arab raids. It is possible that during one of the raids unknown monk died, the icon was lost and it seemed like forever. However, years later was found the shrine again, and it is at the place of its discovery in 990 monastery was founded. According to legend, a pious shepherd noticed unusual glow over the mountain with the help of Christians he got to the mountains, overcoming barriers and obstacles, where he was discovered a miraculous icon of the Mother of God and in front of her flickering lamp. Seeing this miracle, nearby residents decided to build next to the cave temple in honor of the Virgin.

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 period of French rule (990-1570 years.) Remains unexplored. The period of Turkish rule was even more tests for the holy abode. The temple was burned and completely destroyed, but the icon, fortunately, remained unharmed. By the end of the monastery 1650 reborn. After 50 years because of the tax burden moves to the temple monastery monastery of Saints Cosmas and Damian Besserebrennikov in Feeney. In this position, the temple was in the period on 1703 1760 years. In 1735 visited the monastery Russian pilgrim Vasily Barsky, he describes the church as a poor and small, inhabited by a single 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.

When abbot Germany in 1856 was erected gilded iconostasis, which by its beauty and grace not inferior iconostasis of the main temple and the temple Kykkotissa Monastery of St. Lazarus in Larnaca. In 20 century monastery was threatened desertion, as the number of its inhabitants has decreased significantly. Metropolitan Pafos Leonti decided to translate it into the category kinoviynyh (coenobite), custody of the father of Damascus, whose case will continue in the future Archimandrite Pancras arrived at the invitation of Metropolitan Leontius of Alexandria Patriarchate. Thanks to the efforts Pancras and the miraculous icon of the Virgin Monastery regained welfare 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.

Miraculous Icon of the Mother of God Troodissa famous because childless women, addressing her with prayer, healed of illnesses, which could not cope with even the most competent doctors from it they receive the gift of motherhood. Monk Barnabas told many stories of miraculous manifestations of God's will, regardless of nationality and religion. Telling their stories, the monk makes his cell box with pictures, which shows the happy parents with children welcome. These pictures he sent from Greece, Germany, Denmark, Russia, the Netherlands, South Africa and other countries in gratitude to the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Priory.

If you look at the miraculous icon Troodissa by the altar, you can see how it is unusual. Directly into the board, on the front side which shows the face of the Virgin, pierced stone. According to legend, he fell down from the wall to the teenager, a passing icons. This boy was the son of the once childless woman who prayed to the Virgin of the child and made a vow that if God would send to her son, she would give him a disciple of the monastery, and if a daughter, then she be a pious Christian. The Lord heard the prayers of women, and her son was born. As he grew older, he was sent to the monastery as a novice. But after a while the mother's heart could not stand the separation, she wanted to see his child and take him home. From falling rock boy passing by, covered icon, take the hit, it was from that time was a piece of rock in the iconic 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 is the abbot of the monastery, Archimandrite Athanasius, known throughout Cyprus for its vast educational activities. With his blessing, Archimandrite Christopher and other monastic brothers organized publisher of interesting books about Orthodoxy in the modern world of modern pseudo-occult organizations and new heresies. Under the spiritual patronage of Archimandrite Athanasius are several convents, in his time under the holy abode Trooditissa was built convent of the Virgin 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 guest houses Omodos wrote: "First of all, the apartments are unusually narrow, takes the lion's share of their bed, which is a sort of alcove, very tall and imposing, with antique canopy. Left of the bed stands chest, decorated with antique accessories, such as tarnished steelyard, clocks and bronze candlestick, the right of the bed - kitchen and bathroom. Natural tightness of apartments due to the fact that everything is natural, like a hundred years ago. From a tiny little window barely breaks a ray of light, floor carpet adorns grandmother. And if not for a bed with a chest of drawers, you might think that you are not in the apartment, and in monk's 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.

Timos Stavros Monastery

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. Church of the Holy Cross was built in the village Pelendri - trёhsvodchaty, domed church with unique wall paintings. At the beginning of the IV century, Saint Helena, the mother of the Byzantine Emperor Constantine the Great, made a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, was returning to Constantinople. The storm forced Elena refuge off the coast of Cyprus. At night, the True Cross of the Lord, which the Queen found in Jerusalem and was carrying with him, mysteriously disappeared, and soared over the high mountain, its glow illuminating the island of Cyprus. Conquering the Divine Banner, St. Helen erected in Cyprus several Christian monasteries and churches for the glory of the Cross. From generation to generation passed on the legend of hovering over the island of the Cross, and Cyprus continued to build more and more new churches dedicated to the Holy Cross. One of these temples was built in Pelendri in the XII 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.

Single-nave domed church with a lancet arch and side niches, was executed in the Franco-Byzantine style. Then arch, carved through the central niche, joined later adjoined to the north aisle of the nave which, almost certainly, was Latin chapel. In the following century, the temple was rebuilt and renovated several times. The latest addition was the south aisle and the whole structure was taken into common roof. Today, the church of the Holy Cross includes three naves, of which only one - central - serving ends beyond the apse of the church. South decorates partially survived inside the apse, which is totally lost in the northern chapel. Crowned temple drum with tent dome and 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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