A brief description of the Kykkos Monastery.
The Monastery is home to one of the tree icons of Virgin Mary which St. Luke painted while Virgin Mary was still alive. Since the 11th century, when Byzantine Emperor Alexios Comnenos donated the icon to Hermit Isaiah who lived in the Kykkos Mountains, the icon never left the Monastery. Thousand of pilgrims travel from close and faraway to the Monastery each year to pray for healing and forgiveness.
Kykkos is the richest Monastery on the island and much of the Monastery’s land was donated by the locals during the Ottoman time in order to avoid the heavy taxes imposed by the Ottomans on the Christian population. The Monastery developed the donated land and the money was used to fund the development of a research centre in Nicosia, as well as a conference centre. In addition, the Monastery funds the restoration of remote churches and the publication of books about the history of Cyprus.
Archbishop Makarios the 3rd is buried above the monastery where he was once a novice. The monastery has an exquisite Byzantine Art Museum and a winery; you can buy the wine from the monastery’s shop.
The entrance fee to the monastery is € 5. Open daily November to May 10:00 to 17:00. June to October 10:00 to 18:00.
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