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Holy Cross church (Kouka)

The site of one of the first monasteries in Limassol, today only a beautiful church still stands in Kouka village, which is dedicated to the Holy Cross. It is located at the western end of the village and its foundation is estimated to date back to the years of Saint Helen (4th century A.D.).

The Holy Cross church, which still stands to this day, dates back to the 12th century. It is designed in the shape of an abstract cross and features a gothic, crossed dome instead of a typical dome. What makes the church stand out are the awe-inspiring murals inside it, dating back to the  14th century and still intact.

The monastery in Kouka was once very poor, but it became known as tradition has it, due to Saint Helen’s visits. There is a crypt in the church that holds the old, miraculous Cross of Kouka, with parts of the Holy Cross in it, as well as the later Cross which also has a piece of the Holy Cross as well as a stone from Golgotha.

Photos: Yiannis Makriyianni

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