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Monastery of Holy Cross (Anoyira)

No camera was ever able to resist the temptation of a click in front of it. its beauty is special and every single time of the year will showcase it in a unique way. The most ancient monastery of the Holy Cross always had a captivating power over its visitors.

Climbing up the road to Anoyira village, among carob trees, almond trees and vineyards, on your right hand you will see the ruins of the monastery emerging. The monastery of the Holy Cross is located in the area of an early byzantine settlement, which was know as «land of the Anoyirans».

The church is built on the foundations of the paleochristian basilica and it is dated back in the 14th century. Parts of another, three-fold basilica, more recent than the first one, still stands in the area. The temple that is still operating today, has a single room, with arches on the roof and a tall dome. The interior is painted with murals, mostly ruined, but still excellent samples of the era and its techniques. Much later, some other constructions were added around on the ruins of the temple, mostly at its southern side, for the accommodation needs of the monks.

According to some sources, one of the crosses of the monastery of Omodos was originally part of this church and during some hard times, under the orders of the Bishop of Paphos, it was transported there to be safe.

Also, the legend has it that in the area, there is an underground tunnel, where the monks — who were thought to live in luxury — would keep their treasures.

The area is being excavated by archaeologists and they estimate that the monuments revealed can list this notable monastery complex among the most important antiquities of Cyprus.

On August 1st there is a fair taking place in the yard of the monastery.

Photos: Cyprus Artists Association Art Without Borders, Marianna Charalambous, Agni Tsouloupa, Yiannis Makriyianni, Evdokia Michael, Michalis Paikousis, Cyprus from Air

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