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Cyprus the island of Saints (West)
Cyprus the island of Saints (West)

This route is general, which means that it is neither based on cities nor on districts. Heading west, visitors will visit a large number of significant monuments which clearly demonstrate the ecclesiastical wealth of the island.

Route: Lefkosia (Nicosia) - Peristerona - Kalopanagiotis - Κampos - Panagia - Τala - Empa - Pafos (Paphos) / Ktima - Κato Pafos - Geroskipou - Κouklia - Κolossi - Lemesos (Limassol) - Pyrga - Pera Chorio - Lefkosia.

A walk in the greater region will help visitors view various samples of ecclesiastical art, starting from Peristerona and the five-domed church of Agion Varnava and Ilariona. Heading towards Kalopanagiotis, visitors will come across the Monastery of Ioannis o Lampadistis, which is of unique beauty, and where three churches coexist in a single area. Kykkos Monastery is offered for the worship of the icon of Virgin Mary, which, as tradition has it, is a work of Apostolos Loukas.

The course continues towards Pafos and the Monastery of Panagia tis Chrysorrogiatissas, the Egkleistra (enclosure carved out of the mountain) of Agios Neophytos, and the church of Panagia tis Chryseleousas in Empa. When arriving at Pafos, visitors will be able to visit the church of Agia Sofia, which was converted into a mosque under Frankish rule, and in Kato Pafos, the Basilica of Chrysopolitissa - one of the biggest basilicas in Cyprus.

The second and last five-domed church of Cyprus is located in Geroskipou, and is dedicated to Agia Paraskevi, while in Palaipafos - in the village of Kouklia - the church of Panagia tis Katholikis is located very near the ruins of the Temple of Aphrodite, the worship of whom was replaced by that of Virgin Mary.

On the way back to Lefkosia, the route passes from the small church of Agios Efstathios and the impressive Monastery of Stavrovouni, with the strict ritual of Mount Athos, which - according to tradition - is a creation of Agia Eleni.

The wonderfully frescoed church of Agion Apostolon in Pera Chorio, which is the last stop of this route, is an interesting place to visit.

Μonuments: Church of Agion Varnava and Ilariona, Peristerona - Μonastery of Ioannis o Lampadistis, Kalopanagiotis - Μonastery of Panagia tou Kykkou, Κampos - Monastery of Panagia Chrysorrogiatissa, Panagia - Μonastery and Egkleistra of Agios Neophytos, Τala - Church of Panagia Chryseleousa, Empa - Mosque / Church of Agia Sofia, Pafos / Ktima - Palaiochristian Basilica of Chrysopolitissa, Kato Pafos - Church of Agia Kyriaki, Kato Pafos - Agia Paraskevi, Geroskipou - Church of Panagia Katholikis, Kouklia - Church of Agios Efstathios, Kolossi - Μonastery of Stavrovouni, Pyrga - Royal Chapel, Pyrga - Church of Agion Apostolon, Pera Chorio.


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