Church of Panagias Karmiotissas (Kato Polemidia)

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The Church of Panagias Karmiotissas is located north of the new Limassol Hospital, and makes up part of the old monastery inhabited by Carmelite monks. The size and unique architecture of the temple fills visitors with awe.

The monastery must have been established towards the end of the 13th century A.D. or the start of the 14th century A.D., following the expulsion of the Carmelite Roman Catholic monks from Palestine. The temple is built in the single-aisle basilica style, with a pointed, arched roof and elements of Gothic architecture. On the north side, there once stood 2 chapels, of which only ruins remain today.

At a distance of 100 meters there is a cave, from whence springs holy water that is considered therapeutic, while the icon of the Virgin of Eleousa is thought to be miraculous. It is believed that a small stream once led to the church, which is what brought the holy water there. Above the holy water there is a terebinth bush, upon which the faithful tie handkerchiefs as prayers to the Virgin.

The temple celebrates on Easter Tuesday.