Agios Arsenios church (Kyperounda)

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For decades, the prosperous community of Kyperounta village had been requesting a larger church in the village. The result was the creation of this majestic temple, the construction of which began in March 2002, and is now a unique architectural creation for Cyprus.

The church, revives the rhythm of the Early Christian five-aisled wooden-roofed basilica, that prevailed in Cyprus during the 5th and 6th century. Ruins of such constructions can still be found in ancient cities, such as Salamis, Amathus, Akrotiti and others. Spread across an area of 1200 square meters are 730 seats for visitors. The temple is divided into 3 areas by 124 pillars with Corinthian style tops, which, in combination with the carved pilasters, create an imposing atmosphere in the room.

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Beyond the church’s architectural style, many of its decorative elements also resemble other ancient styles, such as the carved images and patterns. The marble floor of the church is a true gem, with 7 consecutive rhombuses which symbolize the 7 days of the Creation, and an eighth rhombus symbolizing the Day of the Apocalypse. The high ceiling (22 meters high) offers great acoustics. The impressive tower of the belfry stands at 34 meters high with 135 steps leading to the top, where 5 bells are found.

Here you can take a 3D tour around the temple.

The chapels
On the east side of the 4th and 5th aisles of the temple, there are 2 embedded chapels, which are used for smaller ceremonies. The northern chapel is dedicated to Saint Raphael and Saint Filothei of Athens. The southern chapel is dedicated to Saint Eftichios, Archbishop of Constantinople.


Agios Arsenios
The saint was born in 1840 and became a monk at the age of 26. After the Asia Minor disaster, he arrived as a refuge to Piraeus, where he eventually died. His relics were exhumed in October 1958 by Saint Paisios and were brought to Kyperounta by the Bishop of Limassol Athanasios in 2001.

Source: Senior Ioannis K. Ioannou