Cave of Saint Barnabas

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In the village of Vasa Koilianiou, in the Limassol mountain region, the cave where Saint Barnabas once lived stands preserved.

According to the lectionary of Saint Barnabas, he had been born and raised in Vasa, and so that’s where he set up his secluded cave, 8.5 meters long, 5 meters wide, and 2.5 meters high, where he dedicated himself to God. The inhabitants of Vasa would go to him for consultations, while the sick went to him to be healed.

After his death, the inhabitants of Vasa built a temple in his name, and placed his remains there. In its place today is the church of the Annunciation of the Virgin, where his holy relics still remain.


The Church celebrates the memorial of Saint Barnabas on the same day as the that of the founder of the Church of Cyprus, the Apostle Barnabas, on 11 June.