The Holy, Royal and Stavropegic Monastery of Kykkos is one of the wealthiest and best-known monasteries in Cyprus.It was founded around the end of the 11th century by the Byzantine emperor Alexios I Komnenos (1081 - 1118). The monastery lies at an altitude of 1318 meters on the north west face of Troödos Mountains. There are no remains of the original monastery as it was burned down many times.

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Founded: c. 1090
Category: Religious sites in Cyprus

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Steve Smith (16 days ago)
A must see for any visitor to Cyprus. The road up the Troodos is spectacular but the beacon at the end is the Kykkos monastery. I'm not going to say anymore find out for yourself
fadi hrimat (24 days ago)
Amazing place, great for prayer, tranquility, spend time with oneself, enjoy the nature and the surrounding, the museum is very nice and rich, we spent more than 2 hours there and enjoyed every minute of our time
Caroline Downing (39 days ago)
Beautiful, went for day trip with guide. Very knowledgeable. Stopped at Troodos for a meal in this old wooden building, the food and people were brilliant, really enjoyed the cultural side of this trip.
Tomas Mousoulides (2 months ago)
A nice tour through the mountains takes you to the middle of the island. Kykkos monastery is a magical place
Carlos Gomes (3 months ago)
A nice hidden gem on the mountains of Cyprus. Definitely worth checking it out. The sunset there is beautiful. The road through the mountains unfortunately is not the best.
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