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TROODOS

Troodos Mountains

Nothing can be more dramatic contrast in relation to the Mediterranean coast, than an impressing ridge in the center of the island, reaching 1952 meters above sea level on the highest mountain Olympus. The panoramic view, cool air with a cedar smell - all this is magnificent... There is a plenty of sights in the mountains: 9 Byzantine churches, included in the list of a cultural heritage of UNESCO; mythlons in cedar valley; a plenty of monasteries, one of the most known is Kykkos, which owns the icon of Deva Maria written St. Loukas and Stavrovuni; a  fragment of a saint cross. There are mountain tracks for walks, a plenty of various kinds of birds; falls, small villages with the quiet style of life there. The view of morning foggy mountains, cool air and charming landscapes from a slope of mountains will make your rest unforgettable...

 

Places of interest in Troodos

 

Agios Ioannis Lampadistis Church

Originally a monastery, this complex consists of three churches – Agios Herakleidios, Ioannis Lampadistis and a Latin chapel, all of which share a single enormous timber roof. The monastery is situated centrally in the region of the Troodos Mountains, just off the village of Kalopanagiotis. The precise date of the monastery’s foundation is not known. The building complex that survives until today has undergone extensive reconstruction and restoration at different periods.
The core monastery church, dated to the 11th century, is an arched cross-in-square structure. The Agios Ioannis Lampadistis chapel was built in the 12th century to the north of the first church and rested on the tomb of the Saint

 

Agios Nikolaos tis Stegis Church

The church of Agios Nikolaos tis Stegis "Saint Nicholas of the Roof" near the village of Kakopetria belonged to a monastery. It is completely painted with murals dating from the11th to the 17th centuries and is considered one of the most interesting Byzantine churches on the island. The church took its name from the steep, pitched timber roof that was built to protect it from the weather.

 

Archangelos Michail Church

The Church of Archangelos Michail in Pedoulas was built and decorated in 1474. It is a very small building with a usual sloping mountain roof. The templon is of the same period, intact and an excellent example of its kind. The church is completely decorated on two levels, with 11 compositions from the Festival Cycle above and depictions of the saints below. The Crucifixion and the Ascension are depicted in the pediments. It is an example of local post - Byzantine painting 15 years before Venetian rule. The key can be found at the adjacent house, or leave a message for the village priest at the coffee shop.

 

Frescoes at Agios Ioannis Lampadistis

Agios Ioannis Lampadistis is situated centrally in the region of the Troodos Mountains, just off the village of Kalopanagiotis. The monastery consists of three churches, Agios Herakleidios, Agios Ioannis Lampadistis and a Latin chapel, which all share a single enormous wooden roof. The well - preserved wall paintings of the monastery retain fragmentary scenes dated to the 11th and 12th centuries, while other parts were painted in the 13th and14th centuries. These frescoes are of great importance as they include some rare representations, such as the depiction of the Holy Handker chief. The frescoes of the “Latin chapel” are the most complete set of the “Italo-Byzantine” style in Cyprus. Dated to approximately 1500 AD, they combine elements of Byzantine and Italian Renaissance art.

 

Kykkos Monastery

The Monastery of Kykkos, the richest and most lavish of the monasteries of Cyprus, is found in the region of Marathasa. It is situated on a mountain peak, at an altitude of 1318 metres northwest of Troodos. Dedicated to Panagia, it possesses one of three icons attributed to Agios Loukas the Evangelist. The icon, covered in silver gilt, is in a shrine made of tortoise shell and mother - of - pearl that stands in front of the iconostasis. The monastery was founded sometime between the end of the 11th century and the beginning of the12th century, during the reign of Emperor Alexios I Komnenos (1081-1118 AD).

 

Machairas Monastery

Machairas Monastery is situated at an altitude of 870 metres on the slopes of Mount Kionia in a picturesque depression of the Machairas Mountains. It houses the miraculous icon of Panagia of Machairas, attributed to Agios Loukas the Evangelist. Legend has it that an unknown hermit brought the icon to Cyprus secretly from Asia Minor during the years of iconoclasm (8th - 9th centuries). The hermit resorted to a cave on the mountains of Machairas. After his death, the holy icon remained there until around 1145, when blessed with divine grace the hermits Neofytos and Ignatios, reached the spot and found the cave covered with bushes. In order to approach the icon, the two hermits had to cut the bushes with the help of a knife given to them by divine hand. Thus, the icon took the name ‘Machairiotissa’ (the word machairi in Greek means knife) or, more simply, of Machaira. The monastery of the same name was later built on the same spot and is one of three Cyprus monasteries that remain under the Patriarch's jurisdiction.

 

Metamorfosis tou Sotiros Church

The Metamorfosis tou Sotiros Church (Transfiguration of the Saviour), a UNESCO World Heritage site, is an early 16th century chapel on the hill overlooking the beautiful old village of Palaichori. Its interior is completely painted with one of the most complete series of murals of the post-Byzantine period in Cyprus.

 

Panagia Asinou Church

The famous Byzantine church of Asinou, a UNESCO World Heritage site, has some of the finest examples of Byzantine wall painting on the island. Asinou comes from the Greek Asine, which is an ancient city founded by immigrants from the Greek city Argolis in the 11th century BC. The church dates to the early 12th century and the murals inside date from the 12th century to the 17th century. Visitors should ask for the priest of Nikitari village to escort them.

 

Panagia Chrysokourdaliotissa Church

A three-aisled church with a steep pitched roof and flat roof tiles, Panagia Chrysokourdaliotissa is situated in Kourdali village. It was built in the 16th century as a monastery church dedicated to Panagia and founded by deacon Ioannis Kourdalis, The wall paintings are of the same period, and some have western influences. The iconostasis is a beautiful example of wood sculpture of the 16th -17th centuries.

 

 

Panagia Podithou Church

Situated near the village of Galata, Panagia Podithou is an important church included on UNESCO’s World Heritage list. Erected in 1502, it once belonged to a monastery. Its paintings are of the Italo - Byzantine style, which appeared on the island towards the end of the 15th century.

 

Panagia tou Araka Church

The 12th century church of Panagia tou Araka, a UNESCO World Heritage site, stands just outside the village of Lagoudera and boasts some of the finest frescoes of the late Comnenian style (1192) prevailing throughout Greece, the Balkans and Russia. Together with the churches of Asinou and Agios Nikolaos tis Stegis, it is considered to be one of the most important Byzantine churches on the island. Visitors should ask for the priest, who can be found on the premises next to the church, to escort them to the church.

 

Panagia tou Moutoulla Church

A UNESCO World Heritage site, the tiny 13th century chapel Panagia tou Moutoulla is one of the earliest dated examples of its type, with a steep, pitched wooden roof and frescoes dating to 1280. Visitors can obtain the key from the adjacent house.

 

 

Stavros tou Agiasmati Church

The 15th century church of Stavros tou Agiasmati, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is situated about 3 kilometres outside the mountain village of Platanistasa. It retains the most complete cycles of mural paintings of the second half of the 15th century in Cyprus. The key to the church can be obtained from the village priest.

 

 

Timios Stavros Church

The 14th century church of Timiou Stavrou in Pelendri village is decorated with exquisite wall paintings of the Paleological period and is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

 

Trooditissa Monastery

The exact date of the foundation of Trooditissa Monastery, situated on the southern slopes of the Troodos Mountains, is not known. But according to local tradition, the monastery was established immediately after the iconoclastic era. As with other monasteries, it was preceded by a hermit who resorted there during the years of the iconoclasm. Nothing remains of the monastery of the Middle Byzantine period or the period of Frankish rule. The oldest reference to the Monastery of Trooditissa is found in a copy of a 14th century deed.

 

Arsos Folk Art Museum

The Folk Art Museum of Arsos is housed in a 19th century traditional house in the centre of the village. The museum offers a glimpse into the traditional way of life of the people of the area and exhibits tools, furniture and utensils from the past related to viticulture and other occupations. It is considered one of the best of its kind.

 

Fikardou Rural Museum

Deserted at the beginning of the 19th century, the village of Fikardou has been declared an ancient monument and carefully restored to preserve the 18th century houses with their remarkable woodwork and folk architecture. Two of these houses have been turned into museums containing rural items and other items associated with rural life. The village received the Europa Nostra Award in 1987.

 

Koilani Ecclesiastical Museum

The Koilani Ecclesiastical Museum was created by Lemesos (Limassol) Bishopric to house the ecclesiastical art of the parish, and as a district branch of the larger Byzantine Museum being planned in the city of Lemesos (Limassol).This museum occupies a two room building in the courtyard of the Panagia Eleousa Church. Spanning a period of about seven centuries, exhibits include pieces of an iconostasis from 1735, a pulpit and an altar of the 19th century, old icons from the 13th to the 19th centuries, holy utensils, old books from the 16th to the19th centuries, an embroidered epitaphios from the 15th/16th century and other relics.

 

Museum of Byzantine Heritage

The museum, housed in an old restored building, exhibits the Byzantine art wealth of several churches and chapels of Palaichori. The exhibits date from the Frankish period to the present and portray a wide range of ecclesiastical art, mainly of the post - Byzantine period, principally icon painting, wood - carving, silverwork, weaving and printing.

 

Museum of Kykkos Monastery

The Museum of Kykkos Monastery houses an important collection of Christian and other exhibits

 

 

Recommended accommodation in Troodos

Forest Park 4* Troodos Cyprus

New Helvetia 3* Troodos Cyprus

Churchill pine wood valley  3* Troodos Cyprus

Agros 3* Troodos Cyprus

Pendelli 3* Troodos Cyprus

Linoss Inn 3* Troodos Cyprus

Makris 3* Troodos Cyprus

 

 

 

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Hotels, Hotels Apartments, Villas, Holiday Flats, Self catering accommodation, too.

 

Things to do & buy in Troodos

Enjoy one of the nice taverns & bars, cafe, disco, local and internal restaurants.

Shopping, waterfalls

Dam fishing

Ski & snow resorts

Enjoying nature

Nature trails

Visit the Troodos places of interest by guided tours or by your own

Olive oil ...

Cycling, tracking

Fatsa wax museum at Lefkara

 

Shopping area in Troodos

There are plenty small shops & kiosks in Troodos area. You will find a big variety of handmade & local souvenirs.

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 





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