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    The Curch of Ayios Nikolaos tis Stegis
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  • The Curch of Ayios Nikolaos tis Stegis
    The Curch of Ayios Nikolaos tis Stegis
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    Kakopetria's Old Village by Night

    by greekcypriot Updated Apr 28, 2014

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    There is nothing that can keep you indoors after sunset in the amazing and so rare neighborhood of the old village of Kakopetria. (Palia Yitonia)

    Lit only by the street’s lamp-posts, these very old traditional stone-buildings in the narrow cobble-stone street give out a kind of mystery.

    crI feel as if I am walking through an out of this world spot of a fairy tale. There are so many reflections and shades all over, as if somebody has sprinkled gold dust on them.

    The Old village of Kakopetria after sunset The Old village of Kakopetria after sunset The Old village of Kakopetria after sunset The Old village of Kakopetria after sunset
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    Central Church of Saint Panteleimonas-Kakopetria

    by greekcypriot Written Apr 27, 2014

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    Contrary to the other two churches I visited earlier, the church of St. Panteleimonas is very different to the other two. It has been constructed recently, but it is still built in the Byzantine style with one dome. It is the main church of the village since 1994 when works that lasted 4 years finished.

    I found its doors open only because a lady happened to be cleaning that moment.

    The church celebrates the name of the Saint on the 27th July where Christians from the surrounding regions attend this great holiday.

    For the first time in my life I have seen an icon of Virgin Mary with Christ looking so angry! Don’t you have the same feeling too?
    It is a very old icon the lady told me and if I remember her words it was brought here from the smaller church of Panayia Theotokos whose doors I found closed. If I am not mistaken it is one of the masterpieces of Saint Luke.

    The silver cross with the Crucifixion of Christ was outstanding and I saw icons of two Greek Saints of the previous century. The one is the Saint of the island of Aegina -Saint Nektarios, while the other is Saint Ioannis o Rossos (John of Russia) whose main church and relic is found in Mandoudi in Evia.

    The icon of Virgin Mary and baby Jesus The crucifixion of Christ on the cross The iconostasis of Saint Panteleimonas Church The beautiful dome. St. Panteleimonas Church in Kakopetria
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    Panayia Theotokos Church in Kakopetria

    by greekcypriot Updated Apr 27, 2014

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    The day that I arrived in Kakopetria I noticed a very small church by the entrance of the village. I was naïve to think I would find it open. Later on I was told that if I really wished to get inside I had to contact the person who is responsible for the keys. This is done for safety reasons and I don’t blame them.

    The little church is dedicated to Panaya Theotokos (Virgin Mary).

    There was a beautiful mosaic showing the resurrection of Christ at the courtyard and I was told that the whole of the outer wall was covered with these mosaics originally.

    Apart from the unusual outer wall the structure is very similar to other buildings in the village. It has a low roof of flat tiles and the walls are built of wood and mud bricks.

    The icons and murals inside the church are still in very good condition I am told. They are all excellent paintings especially the ones inside the chancel which are said to be particularly impressive.

    Solea Valley

    The round area is called the Valley of Solea and it is situated along the main Nicosia-Troodos road (56km from Limassol via Kato Amiantos).

    The picturesque mountain villages of Galata and Kakopetria are popular hillside resorts and retain much of their traditional architecture. They are both famous for their Byzantine churches. Out of 4 in the area only 2 stand today. The other two are ruins.

    The church of Panayia Theotokos in Kakopetria The mosaic of the resurrection of Christ The mosaic of the resurrection of Christ The entrance of the church
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    11th century Church of Ayios Nikolaos tis Stegis

    by greekcypriot Updated Apr 27, 2014

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    Visiting the Church of Ayios Nikolaos tis Stegis

    The church of Ayios Nikolaos tis Stegis that I am visiting is only 2kms southwest of the village of Kakopetria. The year 1985 it was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List together with 9 more painted Byzantine churches of the Troodos range. It is the only surviving katholicon (monastery church) of an 11th century Byzantine monastery in Cyprus and a magnificent example of Byzantine work. The marvelous frescoes were all done by the foremost artists of the day.

    They vividly depict scenes from the life of Christ, Lazarus and other people of the Christian era, including the parents of the Virgin, and of the saints.

    Though one cannot tell from the outside, the ceiling is in fact domed, because the church has a double roof. The second roof serves a double purpose. Firstly it protects the building from the rain and snow in the winter and in the summer it keeps the church cool.

    The rather unprepossessing exterior does not prepare one for the beautiful interior. The inside is covered in beautiful frescoes and icons. The painting is from 7 different periods, all between the 11th and 15th centuries. So distinctive are the various periods that the church could be considered a museum of the progress of Byzantine art in Cyprus.

    On one of the icons there is painted a small piece of paper. On this paper there is the story of a Russian friar, called Vassily Grigorovitch Basky. He was touring Cyprus and while here visited the monastery of St. Nicolaos. He described the way he came and the things he saw on his journey. Vassily spent 4 days here making detailed sketches of the whole area.

    Nowadays this is not a monastery, only the church remains. The museum has taken this over and it is open to the thousands of visitors who come to see it every year.

    There are no records as to when the monastery ceased to exist as such –probably in the middle of the 19th century. There were Turkish bandits who travelled in groups, raiding and destroying places where valuables were to be found.

    If you want to see further photos check the link below:

    http://blog.travelpod.com/travel-blog-entries/greekcypriot/30/1398588758/tpod.html

    TIP: Taking photos in the interior of the Church is strictly prohibited. I managed though to get a permit, so I had the opportunity to take a few photos for my entry.

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    A Stroll in the "Old Village" of Kakopetria

    by greekcypriot Updated Apr 26, 2014

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    In this village I have spent great holidays when I used to live in Cyprus. We would visit Kakopetria at least 4 or 5 times a year and I consider it one of the most beautiful villages of Cyprus. The fact that it combines perfectly the old and new element makes it even more interesting.

    The Old Village is considered unique in its architecture and is like a huge, open-air museum.

    The houses are all built on huge stones which were carried downstream from Mt. Olympus thousands of years before. (They were difficult to be moved). All houses have the common characteristic of having two stories and the foundations are made of huge stones. The rest is built of smaller stones from the river bed and mud bricks which have been baked hard in the sun.

    One of the characteristics of the houses is that the roofs and walls of one house are joined to the next one. In fact it is possible, if one could climb onto a roof at one end of the street, to walk to the other end without touching the ground.

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    Statue and Tomb of Makarios III

    by Avieira67 Updated Apr 8, 2014

    Mihail Christodoulou Mouskos (Panayia, 1913 - Nicosia, 1977), as a Greek Orthodox cleric, was voted as Archbishop of Cyprus in 1950.
    Due to his involvement with the Cypriot movement for re-union of Cyprus with Greece, EOKA, the British colonists of Cyprus arrested him in 1956 and sent him into detention in Mauritius. He later tended to lean on Cypriot independence. Britain agreed to hold a presidential election in 1959, for which he was a candidate. Makarios won the vote and became the first President of Cyprus in August 1960. His vice-president was the Turkish Cypriot Fasil Kuçuk. Despite this coalition, the tensions between the two ethnic groups on the island remained strong.
    When his mandate was due to end in 1965, it was expanded to 1968. Again, he won this late election. In 1974, he was briefly forced out of office when Turkish forces invaded Cyprus, and they placed a Turkish president. After several weeks, Makarios returned. A year later, the Cypriot Turks created a separate territory in the North, the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.
    In 1977, he held negotiations with the Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash to arrange a ceasefire. A few weeks later, on the 3rd August, Makarios died.
    Makarios III is buried in a tomb on the mountain Throni, near Kykkos Monastery, where he served as a novice. The imposing bronze statue, was erected outside the Archbishop's Palace in Nicosia. In 2008, it was moved to Kykkos monastery and replaced by a life-size marble statue of Makarios.

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    Nelion Winery

    by gigina Updated Apr 4, 2011

    The first bottles of Nelion wine were produced in 1996, and such was the success of this vintage, the family then decided to go into full production, and so they started work on building their own custom designed winery.
    Opened in 1998 this fine example of home crafting, boasts great attention to detail, the atmosphere is also extremely welcoming, and these elements have resulted in the creation of a small, but perfectly formed winery

    This is a place where small groups of visitors can find out more about the actual process of wine making, they can also view some artefacts, collected from a by gone age, all of which, have been handed down through generations of local wine makers.
    Open from 10 am until 7pm in the summer months the place is nearly always busy with Visitors, most of whom, have made the rather pleasant drive up from Paphos, and Limassol to stock up on a few bottles or cases of the Nelion wines.
    Nelion Winery
    Visitors Centre open
    Daily summer 9am – 6pm
    Daily winter 9am – 5pm

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    The Church of the Mother Mary – Chrysopantanassas

    by greekcypriot Updated Apr 1, 2011

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    In the centre of the village of Palaichori there is the beautiful 16th century church of Chrysopantanassa (the Accession of our lady). Inside there are unique wall paintings from the 2nd half of the 16th century and the church has been restored and composes a characteristic sample of the Cypriot cultural inheritance.

    The Church of Metamorphosis of Soteros is found in the summit of the slopes, and it is a jewel of cultural inheritance and belongs in the catalogue of the International Cultural Inheritance of UNESCO.

    Another church is that of St. George, and also there is another one 1.5 kms from the village dedicated to St. Anargyri.

    The very old church in the centre of Palaichori
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    Trooditissa Monastery

    by greekcypriot Updated Apr 1, 2011

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    This Monastery is situated on the southern slopes of the Troodos Mountains, and it is an Orthodox Monastery dedicated to the Virgin Mary.
    It was found in 990, but the current building dates back to 1731. The icon of the monastery of Virgin Mary is believed to be painted by Apostle Luke.

    Famous for its woodcarvings and many icons, this monastery is built in an altitude of 1.500 metres and it is very close to Platres.

    I visited it in November whith some friends when I was spending a couple of days in the beautiful village of Kalopanagiotis.

    Note: I just saw a photo I had taken from a sign on the door post saying that they cannot accept tourists....but it is still interesting to see it from a distance. It is in lush vegetation and very beautiful.

    The iconostasis of Trooditissa The notice on the door- Trooditissa The Monastery of Trooditissa Inside the Monsastery at the courtyard Trooditissa
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    Machairas Monastery

    by greekcypriot Updated Apr 1, 2011

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    A historic monastery dedicated to the Virgin Mary and is located about 40 kms from Nicosia.
    The interior of the church is decorated with religious icons, chandeliers, stone floors and wall frescoes.
    Currently there are 20 to 30 orthodox monks here.

    I have visited it recently but after many years there were so many changes in the buildings and the surround area that I could not tell where I was. It is beautiful anyhow, and worth visiting while up on the mountains.

    The Monastery of Machairas The entrance of the Monastery of Machairas Inside the Monastery of Machairas
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    Foini Village

    by greekcypriot Updated Mar 31, 2011

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    In the heart of the Troodos mountains this little village is nested amidst green and fragrant pine trees.
    It is a very picturesque village renowned for its pottery, the manufacture of traditional furniture - the Cypriot chairs of those days, and for the local "loukoumi" a product like the turkish delight.

    I had the chance to visit Mr.Theofanis Pilavakis who has his private folklore museum with local pottery and traditional agricultural tools and kitchen utensils.

    In Mr. Pilavakis home garden I have seen the 2nd oldest plane tree on the island, and his garden has a number of huge vessels.

    His house is also kind of a museum itself, besides the small private museum in the centre of the village, and I noticed that he sells different things as well. ( We bought an iron made bed from his collection that day).

    The Pilavakion Museum Tel: +357 254 21 508

    The picturesque village of Phoini The huge vessels in the garden of Mr. Pilavakis Myself and Mr. Theofanis Pilavakis
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    Kalopanayiotis village

    by greekcypriot Updated Mar 31, 2011

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    Known for its sulphur springs....yet nothing much is made out there.
    However it is a very beautiful resort and I had visited it many times. The last time I was out there was in November.
    It was fall and the scenery was magic.
    It is a village worth visiting not only for its beauty, but there are some archeological churches in the area listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    I can never forget the colours of the leaves on the trees but also on the ground.
    (see some photos)

    The clolors of Autumn in Kalopanayiotis The colours of leaves in November
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    Palaichori Village

    by greekcypriot Updated Mar 31, 2011

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    In Greek the word -palaio- means old, so palaiochori means a very old village. It is one of the most picturesque villages in the mountains in the region of Pitsilia worth visiting.

    It is mentioned in the 13th century documents and it is believed to be given to the Knightss Templars by the King of Cyprus Henry II.
    Some of the surnames of the inhabitants have Latin roots even up to this day.

    There is the very old church of the 16th century of Panagia Chrysopanthnassa with marvelous wall paintings....but we did not have time to visit as we had to call a lady to open the church for us.
    If you want to see the museum or the church ask at one of the coffee bars in the central square and they will arrange to call her. She will come and open the museum and church for you.

    I wanted so much to visit this village because I wanted to see the Liberation Struggle Museum which was once a hide-out for 1955-59 EOKA fighters. I met the two heroes Mr. Andreas and Mrs. Maritsa Karaoli who had given refuge to these heroes those years. Part of their house is a Museum today. (The hideout of Gregoris Afxentiou).

    Get to the top of the hill where the Monument of the Cypriot Mother is and which overlooks the region below. The views are panoramic from out there.

    The local products of this village is the excellent smoked ham and spicy sausages in case you wish to buy.

    Panoramic view of Palaichori The monument of the Heroes of EOKA Mr. Andreas and Maritsa Karaoli The small house that the Eoka heroes found refuge The Monument to the Cypriot Mother
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    Kyperounta Village

    by greekcypriot Written Mar 31, 2011

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    Come to the village of Kyperounta and see the church of Timios Stavros and the Eclesiastical Museum.

    The church of the (Holy Cross) as it is written in the English books, houses the eccelesiastical museum which contains icons and religious objects belonging to the village churches.

    Outside there is a nice small garden that surrounds the church full of plants and herbs.

    When we came here the church was closed but we asked for the man in charge who came and opened the church for us. (Give him a call if you plan to go).

    Inside the ancient church of the Holy Cross The village of Kyperounta The Church of the Holy Cross The Holy Cross
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    Agros Village

    by greekcypriot Updated Mar 31, 2011

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    It is in the heart of Pitsilia region with cool springs and a nice dry climate.
    A summer resort for many Cypriots who want to avoid the heat of the big cities.

    The village is known for some local products which are the Cypriot sausages, lountza, and hiromeri - smoked ham.

    There is the rose factory here that I visited where one can buy aromatic rosewater and many other products sold directly from the factory.

    There is the church of Panagia Eleousa, a Byzantine style church of the 19th century that you can visit if you wish.

    The village of Agros
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