Ayia Napa Chapel (Kantou)

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Few churches in Cyprus are dedicated to Ayia Napa, the Saint of the forests. Besides the impressive temple in the center of town, there is one more in the Limassol countryside, a secluded chapel on the banks of the Kouris River. 

The chapel is located about 2 kilometers northeast of Kantou village, and was likely a temple for the small monastic community during the Middle Ages. In fact, around the chapel, one still can see the foundations of an older settlement.


The name of the chapel suggests the area was once covered in lush forest.

The construction of the temple dates back to the 12th century. Its interior was once completely covered with frescoes. Only a few small areas still remain today, where one can make out the Assumption, Saint George, and Saint Paraskevi among the images.