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Chapel of Apostle Philip

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Surrounded by endless vineyards on the Laona hills, approximately 4 kilometers west of the famous wine village of Omodos, there is a small, very old chapel, the sole remnant of a large, ancient monastery. It is the chapel of Apostle Philip, which used to be part of the monastery of the same name.

The ancient monastery was not originally named thus, as its name was granted after the bones of Apostle Philip were moved to Omodos. Previously, it had adopted the name ‘Pente Litharia’ (Five Stones), due to the medieval settlement that used to be located there. In fact, the chapel was originally dedicated to Timios Prodromos. According to the Russian monk Vasili Barsky, the monastery was part of the Trooditissa Monastery, but, due to the lack of further historical references, the foundation date cannot be determined.

The only local narrative that connects Omodos village to the monastery is a traditional proverb, one which only survives among some of the eldest village residents. According to the proverb, the monks and a man from Omodos found themselves in a violent altercation, without real cause. The saying is now used to describe sudden quarrels.

Relevant

The perennial laurel tree by the chapel, besides being one of the island’s most ancient trees, is a plant that used to be found in places where Apollo temples were located, implying that the area’s religious references go back many years.



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