Monastery of Agios Georgios Alamanos (Monagroulli)

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The monastery of Agios Georgios Alamanos, which first began as a men's only monastery and was later turned into a women’s commune in 1949, is located approximately 24km east of Limassol, south of Monagroulli village. The monastery, which is the first women’s commune officially established by the local church, is built below the caves of the hill which rises above the area, and is dedicated to Saint George.

According to tradition, its name is derived from Agios Georgios Alamanos, one of the 300 Alamanos Saints, who, according to historians, came from nearby Palestine, seeking a safe place for their ascetic practices. The caves of the hill are thought to have been the ideal refuge for them. The monastery’s construction follows the Byzantine tradition. A single-area temple with an arched roof is located in the middle of a beautiful yard, full of greenery and countless species of flower, which create an amazing mosaic of colors. The cells of the nuns are located around the yard, as are the synod and the other monastery facilities.

There are 4 chapels outside the monastery: 1 at the cemetery, dedicated to All Saints, 1 dedicated to Agios Nectarios in the monastery garden, which was recently renovated, 1 dedicated to Agios Stefanos, at the entrance of the monastery, and 1 further north, close to the cave of Germanos Stavrovouniotis, dedicated to the Patriarch of Constantinople, Agios Germanos, and Agios Georgios Alamanos.

The monastery is located just a few minutes from the coast of the same name, an ideal destination to admire the majestic natural scenery, with the dazzling white rocks, as well as enjoy the amenities of the beach restaurant.

Among the first monks to stay there was the future Bishop Leontios of Paphos who later went on to become the Archbishop. On May 4th 1949, Makarios, the Bishop of Kiti and future Archbishop Makarios the Third, moved 14 nuns from the monastery of Agios Antonios in Deryneia, to this monastery. The number of nuns gradually grew and more facilities were established to welcome the faithful visitors.

Find out more about the nearby beach here.