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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ivan shergold (10 months ago)
The whole area is beautiful. Outside the monastery has fabulous grounds that are well looked after. The inside has amazing decorations on the walls and ceilings. It is no wonder why the original inhabitants chose to build here and make it a site of worship.
Sylwia Magdziarz (10 months ago)
Pretty located place! You could get there by car, although the route is typically mountain one - tiny and wavy. Monastery by itself is known because of it's mosaics/ wall paintings.
Amira Abdalla (12 months ago)
These days a wonderful place to visit because you feel like you are almost alone in the Monastery. You can walk around relatively free and look at what you want to look at. We spent more time here, than we thought, because we also visited the museum (for which you have to pay 5€) and it was worth it! The church is really beautiful and the decorations there but also everywhere else in the monastery are stunning. It’s much bigger than we thought! Don’t miss going up the hill to the statue and higher up to the second church, which was locked unfortunately. Bit still the view looks amazing and the upper church is really beautiful outside.
Katarzyna Laskiewicz (13 months ago)
Its interesting, feels very rich. Make sure u have something to cover shoulders/legs with as decency police is at the entrance. Museum paid extra 5euros.
Seb Hunter (14 months ago)
First of all - not religious whatsoever. But worth visiting? Definitely. The way the spaces interact, the artwork in both mosaic and paint, absolutely everywhere - is very special. It's quite surreal leaving the tranquility of the monastery to be back on the open winding roads of the mountains.
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