Catholic Monastery in Troodos

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This unique church, built with the characteristic stones of Troodos, is located in a corner of the mountain’s pine forest. Though it is only a few minutes from Troodos Square, this church and its small monastery are unknown to most, as in order to find it, one must explore the settlement created during the British Occupation in the area.

The small temple and women’s monastery were created in the 1930s by the sisterhood of nuns at St. Mary’s School in Limassol, and both have been operating under the care of that community since then. Next to the beautiful church, with its characteristic sloping roof, is the commune which hosts the nuns during the months that they are there.

At the entrance of the church, visitors are welcomed by a mosaic which, though created recently, has been so carefully designed that it appears to have always been a part of the structure. The mosaic, created by Panayiotis Pasantas, was donated by a father to express his gratitude to the Virgin Mary after his child had been healed of a serious illness.

Though the nuns may not stay at the monastery during the winter months, due to the difficult weather conditions, the setting is particularly idyllic then, when the buildings are covered in a thick layer of snow.

Though isolated, this unknown monastery is easily accessible, as it is located directly on the road connecting the homes of the old settlement, which are under state management today and used as holiday homes.