Kykkos Monastery

Paphos Forest, Cyprus

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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Stéphane Stéphane (3 months ago)
Very nice visit, this place regardless of religion has wonderful artifacts in the museum and the main church ( where for some strange reasons you cannot take pictures) is beautiful and very richly decorated.
Silvia Bekesova (3 months ago)
Very beatiful monastery, you can park outside, there is a small parking lot and be careful since the place is full of cats who just chill under your car. There is also a bathroom which we really appreciated after a long day outside ?
Amelia J Philip (4 months ago)
Quiet and peaceful place belong to Orthodox monasticism and Church of Cyprus. This byzantine building has incredible and beautiful paintings and mosaic of saints at the entrance and all over the second floor hallway. Worth the visit. General admission is free of charge but there's entrance fee to museum. Note: This is a respectful, sacred place. Wear appropriate dress code.
Natalia P (5 months ago)
Spectacular drive up with many places to stop and admire the view and complete silence. The monastery itself is very well looked after with wonderful mosaic work on most walls. There is a church and a very large and informative museum on site totally worth a visit. Don't forget to bring some food for cats.
Robert Holmes (5 months ago)
An inspirational building with amazing wall paintings and mosaics. The route can vary depending on where you travel from with numerous tight bends and some areas where rock falls need careful driving to avoid damaging your car. Take time to stop to take in the view down and across the Cedar Valley.
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