In Cyprus there are many Orthodox monasteries, the richest of which is the Kykkos. Many tourists and pilgrims to visit this Holy place.
The story of the creation of the monastery of Kykkos
The monastery of the virgin of Kykkos was founded in the year 1080 after Emperor Alexius Comnenus the First on the island was brought the icon with the image of the Mother of God written by the Apostle Luke.
Many tourists when visiting the monastery interested in: «Why in his name uses the word monastery?». There are several versions of why the mountain on which stands the Holy monastery takes its name. The first tells about a bird that foretold the construction of a temple here. The second says Bush «Kokkos» growing up in this area.
How to get to the Kykkos monastery?
Mountain, where at an altitude of 1310 meters above sea level is the monastery of Kykkos, located West of the Troodos massif. Be reached very easy by car, as all the route signs. The monastery has several roads: from Paphos and Polis (steep bends) and Limassol (smooth and safe).
What to see in the monastery?
Among the tourists coming to Cyprus, this monastery is the most popular. It happened because, thanks to the efforts of its rector, he not only continues to operate and organise services, but also on its territory a well-developed tourist infrastructure.
Once in stavropegic monastery of Kykkos icon of the Mother of God, be sure to look at the icon of the virgin. It is located inside the Church, but to see it completely will not work, as the icon of the closed curtain and open only a small part of it.
In addition to the famous icons, the monastery is recommended to visit:
- the icon of the virgin comfort and Consolation, which, since 1997, myrrh-streaming;
- the bell tower, located on a mountain slope near the monastery.
- the tomb of Archbishop Makarios III, first President of Cyprus;
- the throne on top of Throni, where a copy of life-giving icon. Here come to pray asking for rain;
- the Museum, located in the Northern part. It contains a rich collection of Church utensils, old books and icons.