3rd Local Route of Lefkosia Religious Route
This route, which is the third for Lefkosia (Nicosia), starts from Kato Deftera and the Spileo (cave) of Panagia tis Chrysospiliotissas with frescoes of the 14th century where a large festival is held on August 15. In Politiko, the visitor will see the Μonastery of Agios Erakleidios, a women’s monastery, which can tell the entire history of the Orthodox Church. The renowned Μonastery of Panagia tou Machaira is the next stop of the route. Visitors have the opportunity to visit one of the most significant monasteries of Cyprus built in the 12th century with funds from Byzantine Emperors. In Fikardou, one can admire the folk architecture of the village, which was declared, in its entirety, as an ancient monument by UNESCO. In Palaichori, the route passes from the church of Panagia tis Chrysopantanassas which is located in the centre of the village and from the Εcclesiastical museum located very near the church. In Agrokipia, the last part of the route lies the church of the Μonastery of Agios Panteleimonos Acheras with interesting icons and a wood carved iconostasis, characteristic of the ecclesiastical art under Turkish rule.

Total route length: 73 kilometres.
Spileo (cave) of Panagia tis Chrysospiliotissas, Kato Deftera
Μonastery of Agios Panteleimonos Acheras, Agrokipia
Fikardou Rural Museum: The Houses of Katsinioros and Achilleas Dimitri
A Europa Nostra prize winner museum
Palaichori village - Lefkosia
Panagia Chrysospiliotissa Church
A charming church of a type rarely met in Cyprus
Machairas Monastery
One of the most important monasteries in Cyprus
Agios Irakleidios Convent - Politiko village, Lefkosia
Machairas - Fikardou E4 Long Distance Trail
Visit monasteries and villages passing through endemic vegetation