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Monastery of Agios Georgios Alamanos (Monagroulli)

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

According to the tradition, its name comes from Agios Georgios Alamanos, one of the 300 Alamanos Saints, who, according to the historians, came from the nearby Palestine, seeking for 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 manner. A single-area temple with an arched roof is located in the middle of a beautiful yard, full of greens and countless kinds of flower, which create an amazing mosaic of colors. The cells of the nuns are around the yard, as well as the rest of the facilities of the monastery.

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

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

Among the monks that stayed there at first, there was also Leontios, who later became the Bishop of Paphos and later on the Archbishop. On May 4th 1949, Makarios, the Bishop of Kiti and Later on Archbishop Makarios the 3rd, 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 host the pilgrims.

Find out more about the nearby beach here.

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