Amirou Holy Monastery (Apsiou)

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The Holy Monastery of Amirou is located at the foot of Kakomallis Mountain, northeast of Limassol, east of Apsiou village and west of Mathikoloni, just a half hour drive from the city. It can be reached via the road to Palodia, east of the main road of Limassol – Troodos, by following the signs towards Apsiou village.

The Monastery’s year of establishment is unknown, but some inscriptions and heirlooms would testify that its operation dates back to at least the 16th century. The single temple, dedicated to the Virgin Mary, was renovated in 1776. The Monastery was deserted by the beginning of the 19th century and as the years passed, all of its buildings, except for the temple, were destroyed.

The Monastery, after its long - term desolation, was revived in 1997, when it was inhabited once more by Sisters. During the modern phase of its operation, after its restoration thanks to the legacy of the head Sister, Mary, who was in charge of the recovery of the Monastery, a new wing with cells, guest houses and auxiliary rooms was built around the old temple, along with the construction of a new one, dedicated to Saint Catherine. The new temple was inaugurated in 2013. Today, the Monastery hosts 7 Sisters.

The monastery, located in an evergreen, virgin landscape, is an ideal destination for anyone to enjoy moments of calm in the serenity of the forest and the peaceful environment of the monastery. There is also a welcoming  picnic area in an easy distance, Agia Paraskevi area, with traditional fountains offering fresh, spring water.

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