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Monastery of Agios Georgios of the Cave (Erimi)

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In the middle of 3 communities in western Limassol, Erimi, Kolossi and Ypsonas, in a location full of carob trees and the wild beauty of naturally carved rocks, there is an unusual and quite majestic monastery. It is the monastery created above a large cove, which was known to the locals as the “cave of St. George”.

A few meters north of the cave, there is the fountain of St. George, a spring with clear, cold water, which is considered to be blessed. The locals used to drink this water, when they were working in their fields, particularly during the hot, summer months, when picking the valuable produce of the carob trees. The blessed water of St. George is also known to shepherds and hunters in the area.

The residents of Erimi village always used to keep icons and light candles in the cave. When they decided to clear the dirt, so that it would be easier for believers to access, they found a floor and a cove carved by human hands, which indicated the existence of an old temple.

Local traditions, as well as the findings in this cave, such as the cross, the reliquary, parts of pots, coins etc., all indicate that this space was used by monks and hermits during the 10th – 11th century. Now, the monastery is being reconstructed and performs ceremonies year round, in particular on the celebratory days for St. George, on April 23rd and November 23rd.

Photos: Akis Aristidou, Andreas Christoforou

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