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Pafos Monasteries

 

 

Agios Neophytos is the most important monastery in the district Pafos. It was founded by the Saint himself in 1170. The cave hewn out by the Saint from the mountainside and turned into a cell and church in 1159 is a little οlder. 


Most of the present day buildings of the monastery are modern and were built after the destructive earthquake of 1953. The church of the monastery was built at the beginning of the 16th century in the style of the Franco-Byzantine basilica with a dome. Excellent wall-paintings of the 16th century are preserved in the church. The Enkleistra (both the church and the cell) was also decorated with fine wall-paintings, executed in 1183 by Theodore Apseudes, under the supervision of St. Neophytes himself. From among these paintings, those in the Saint's cell and the altar of the Enkleistra have been preserved. The Sanctuary of the Enkleistra was repainted again in about 1200. Some paintings were also remade in the 16th century.

Panagia Chrysorroyiatissa monastery is situated near the village of Panagia. According to tradition it was founded in the 12th century when the icon of the Virgin Mary was transferred there by a monk.





Legend has it that the icon, supposedly painted by St. Luke, reached the coast of Pafos after it was thrown into the sea in Asia Minor, to be saved during the years of iconoclasm (war against images). The monastery was repeatedly destroyed by fires and its present buildings date to the 18th century as do the wood-carved iconostasis of its church, several icons, oil-lamps, the pulpit and other objects.

Panagia tou Sindi, which is abandoned today, lies near the villages of Pendalia and Agia Marina. Οnly a small but impressive church of the monastery is preserved in relatively good condition, dating to the 16th century. This is a single-aisled church with an eight-sided external dome.

Agios Savvas tis Karonos was probably founded in the 12th century. It lies to the southeast of the village of Prastio of Kelokedhara. The church bearing the same name was built οn the ruins of an older one, dating to the 16th century. The monastery was destroyed by fire in 1467 and rebuilt with the help of the king of Cyprus, James II. Its church was built in 1533 and renovated in 1742.

Stavros tis Mithas
 is situated southeast of the village of Tsada. The date of its foundation is not known. The church of the monastery was built in 1745.
 
Agios Georghios ton Komanon lies south of the village of Mesana. Οnly the church of the monastery has been preserved. It was founded in the 15th century, but its church dates to the 16th century.
 
Agios Georghios Nikoxylitis is a small monastery lying northeast of the village of Droushia. Οnly its church is preserved, repaired after a fire in 1923 .

Αgia Μoni was founded, according to tradition, during the early Christian centuries οn the ruins of a pagan temple dedicated to Hera. It is situated a short distance south of the monastery of Chrysorroyiatissa and is also known as the Monastery of the Priests. The monastery flourished during the Frankish period and later.

 

 
 


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