Monasticism and Asceticism - Route D Religious Route
The area of Lemesos (Limassol) is very significant with regard to the history of the Byzantium and of its art although special reference may be made to its relation to Monasticism. Today, only 12 monasteries have been salvaged in the district of Lemesos 9 of which are inhabited by monks or nuns.
Near Akrotiri lies the oldest monastery of the district which is dedicated to Agios Nikolaos although it is more known as “Monastiri ton Gaton” (monastery of the cats). It is estimated that the monastery was established in the 4th century by Agia Eleni. Agia Eleni is also connected to the establishment of many other monasteries like the one of Timios Stavros in Omodos, where rumour has it that a piece from the rope which tied Jesus Christ on the cross is kept. The best wood-carved ceilings of Cyprus are found in the Monastery in Omodos. Although deserted, the monastery in Anogyra is old Christian.
Monuments: Monastery of Agios Nikolaos “ton Gaton”, Akrotiri – Monastery of Timios Stavros, Omodos – Monastery of Timios Stavros, Anogyra – Μonastery of Panagia tis Amasgous - Monastery of Archangel Michael, Monagri – Monastery Agios Georgios tou Alamanou, Lemesos – Monastery of Timios Prodromos, Mesa Potamos – Monastery of Panagia tis Amirous, Apsiou – Μonastery of Panagia tis Zoodochou Pigis tou Glossa, Κellaki and Monastery of Panagia tis Sfalaggiotissas, Agios Athanasios.
Monastery of Agios Nikolaos “ton Gaton”, Akrotiri
Monastery of Panagia tis Sfalaggiotissas, Agios Athanasios