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Churches of Cyprus

To the casual observer, it would seem that the island of Cyprus has been shaped by Christianity – Greek Orthodox, in particular. Everywhere you look, you can see churches – from ancient churches that are on the verge of crumbling to grand monasteries that still house practicing monks, Cyprus is indeed a treasure trove of Christian architecture throughout the ages.

Amazing frescoes

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Church in Kakopetria

An elderly nun walking into Kakopetria church

The quaint small village of Kakopetria sits within Cyprus’ Troodos Mountains, which is famous for its collection of UNESCO Heritage-listed painted churches from the Byzantine era. Inside these churches, brilliant murals are accentuated in gold, depicting holy Orthodox icons. Scattered throughout this mountainous region, the churches vary from small stone structures to enormous monasteries. Closest to Kakopetria is the small stone church of Ayios Nikolaos tis Stegis (“Saint Nicholas of the Roof”), which uniquely features 2 roofs and murals dating from the 11th century.