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Holy Monastery of Panayia Eleousa Trikoukkiotissa (Prodromos)

The Holy Monastery of  Panayia Eleousa Trikoukkiotissa Trikoukkiotissa (the forgiving Virgin Mary) is located on Troodos, 2 kilometers from Prodromos village, on the way to Platres, in an amazing natural environment. The stone built church is divided in 3 parts and has a wooden roof with tiles. The monastery has 3 older cells on the right side of the church. Another 15 cells were constructed in the recent years, while 15 more cells are under construction.

The name (Trikoukkiotissa) is believed to come from “trikoukkies” (hawthorns, the fruits of which have 3 seeds). Another version suggests that the name comes from the tree kokkonia (celtis australis), which seems to be the origin of the name of Kykkos Monastery, too. A third version suggests that, during the Ottoman Empire years, the monastery lived on one third (“trikoukki” in the Cypriot dialect) of the taxes of the Kouklia land.

This Monastery is among the most ancient in Cyprus, even if the date of its foundation cannot be precisely determined. It is, though, quite definite that the Monastery was operating during the Franks occupation and the Venetian era (1191 - 1571). The monastery started losing its glamour during the hardships of the Ottoman Empire era, even though the Ottomans did show some respect towards the Monastery and did not destroy it. In 1761 it was restored and remained in use until the end of the 18th century.

It started as a large Monastery, the fame of which was just as large as the one of Kykkos Monastery, according to Barsky, the Russian traveler who visited Cyprus and mapped the religious monuments of the island during the 19th century. At the Monastery, there used to be a picture of Mary, which, according to the tradition, was painted by Saint Lucas. The picture, since the 16th century, was considered to be miraculous, so the people would turn to it to face the problems caused by the drought.

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