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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, and built higher than any other monastery in Cyprus, 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 first arrived at the Akrotiri Peninsula and resided in the Monastery of Saint Nicholas of the Cats, in the year 762 A.D. The monk stayed there for approximately 25 years, until 787 A.D., when the iconoclastic crisis ended. He then sought shelter at the cave in the mountains, which is known to this day 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. Its construction was particularly difficult, due to the harsh, rocky slope upon which the monastery is perched, and the water used for the creation of the building clay had to be transported via pitchers from the small river running east of the cave. 

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Both the temple and the entire monastery were torched by the Ottomans in 1585. The monastery was rebuilt from scratch, with additional sleeping quarters, 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. It welcomes a number of faithful visitors each year, especially on August 15th, which is the day the monastery celebrates. 

A picnic site named after the Monasterry is situated in a small distance from it and pilgrims often include it in their visits. Find out more here. 

Contact number: 25 421663



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