Chapel of Panagia Kira

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A small church with the style of the Byzantine era, with a wooden roof, the chapel of Panagia Kyra is an approximately 11,5 meters long, stone built construction. The chapel of Panagia Kyra is located southeast to Louvaras village, close to Kakomallis forest.

The church is found there for centuries, even though the exact year of its foundation is not known. It keeps all the typical characteristics of the clerical architecture of its era, built with local stones, in the manner traditionally used in Troodos. Its simple, elegant lines still strike anyone who sees it, and particularly the details of the wooden pillars of the roof.

The chapel was restored in 2002 by the Department of Antiquities and it has been under its supervision since then. On its northwest corner, just a few meters from the temple, there has been constructed a simple, wooden belfry. There used to be another wooden instrument for calling the pilgrims before, but is was lost or stolen back in the 1970s. On the northern side, around 3 meters from the chapel’s wall, there is a large plane tree, which is more than a 100 years old.

 The legends

It is also called Panagia Tsambikka, because of the light the picture of Virgin Mary is thought to have had been reflecting. According to the tradition, the church was originally built in the 9th AC century, by the daughter of a rich man, after he sent her away as a punishment for falling in love with a man below her rank. At that place, a small settlement was formed by the servants and guards that followed the woman, who were paid by the rich father. The woman was very friendly to the people and they started to call her “our lady mistress” (Kyra). Thus, the church was called after her as the church of Panagia Kyra. After she died, the settlement was still growing larger, so the residents decided to move to a nearby area with access to more water, where Louvaras village is located today.

The perennial plane tree, as well as the general natural beauties of the surrounding area, make the chapel a great excuse for a short trip at the Limassol countryside, since it is truly close to Kakomallis picnic area, too. Autumn is an ideal season for that, with the amazing variety of colors, and the hours during the morning or sunset are perfect to get the best view of the chapel, with the light hugging it softly. Check out more about the picnic area here.

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