Culture and History
Find below some of the things worth visiting the Troodos mountains for.
Places worth visiting in the Troodos Mountains
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Kykkos Monastery and Museum
The best-known and richest monastery of Cyprus, Kykkos Monastery was founded in 1100 and dedicated to the Virgin Mary. It possesses one of three surviving icons ascribed to Saint Luke. It is covered in silver gilt, enclosed in a shrine of tortoiseshell and motherof-pearl, and stands in front of the icon-stand. The Kykkos museum houses a priceless collection of icons, consecrated vessels, manuscripts and Cypriot antiquities.
The first President of Cyprus, Archbishop Makarios III served as a novice here. At his wish, he was buried at Throni, a scenic location 3km west of the monastery. Annual religious fairs are held at Kykkos on 15 August and 8 September.
Please note: The Monastery has a humble dress code for visitors to follow so they are allowed entrance, although the monastery has robes people can wear if they are not properly dressed.
Trooditissa Monastery is situated in a beautiful spot among pine trees. It was originally founded in the 13th century, but the present Church was built in 1731. The church contains a priceless silver-plated icon of the Virgin Mary brought from Asia Minor.
The Monastery of Panagia Trikoukkia is located 2 kilometers from the village of Prodromos on the way towards the resort village of Platres, in a beautiful natural environment and excellent views. The name is said to come from trikoukkies or mosfilies (a local wild tree which bears fruit having three pips). In 1761 the monastery was restored and continued to operate until the late 18th century when it was dissolved. During British Rule it was rented to the colonial government which converted it into a nursery. At the late 1990’s, the Monastery operated once again, but this time as a women's monastery under guidance of Gerontissa Christonymphi.
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 just off the village of Kalopanagiotis. The precise date of the monastery’s foundation is not known.
Agios Herakleidios church has excellent 13th and 16th century frescoes and the most ancient wooden templon of Cyprus covered with heraldic-looking beasts such as the Lusignan lion and the Byzantine eagle, and with the arms of various Latin knights.
Words do not suffice and do not have enough color to truly describe the beauty of Lefkara. Lefkara is famous all over the world for its handmade lace and its silverware art. The tradition of lace-making in this village of southeastern Cyprus dates back to at least the fourteenth century. Influenced by indigenous craft, the embroidery of Venetian courtiers who ruled the country beginning in 1489, and ancient Greek and Byzantine geometric patterns, Lefkara lace is made by hand in designs combining four basic elements: the hemstitch, cut work, satin stitch fillings and needlepoint edgings.
Platres is a mountainous village in Cyprus located on the southern slopes of the Troodos Mountains and is one of the wine villages. It is the largest Troodos resort, situated about 5km from Troodos square, 25 kilometers (16 mi) north-west of Limassol. Platres are the starting point for many nature trails, leading to Kalidonia waterfall as well as Millomeris waterfall. If you're an outdoor lover and if you like camping, in the area there is one camping site (Troodos camping) and seven picnic sites.
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