Monastery of Panayia Trooditissa

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The Trooditissa Holy Monastery, dedicated to the Virgin Mary, stands out for the natural beauty of its surroundings, as well as its antiquity and the exquisite collection of art that it hosts. The monastery is built on a mountain peak, between Platres and Prodromos village, in the middle of the pine forest of Troodos, from which its name originates.

Boasting a magnificent view of the green foliage of the slopes, at approximately 1370 meters above sea level, the monastery was founded in the area where there was once just a cave. This cave acted a refuge for a monk carrying the picture of Virgin Mary, during the difficult iconoclastic period.

According to tradition, the monk arrived at the Akrotiri Peninsula and resided in the Monastery of Saint Nicholas for approximately 25 years. He then sought shelter at the cave in the mountains of Troodos, known as the 'cave of Trooditissa'

Legend has it that in 990 A.D., a shepherd from the area came across a mysterious glow emanating from the cave. After some exploration, he discovered a flame burning in the entrance of the cave, in front of the icon of the Virgin. The monastery was thus founded near this cave.


Both the temple and the entire monastery were torched by the Ottomans in 1585. The monastery was rebuilt from scratch, but it was once again destroyed by an accidental fire in 1842. The three-aisled temple which stands today is the one built following this fire.


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