Panagia Glikiotissa Church

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The story of this small church begins several years ago on the Kyrenia coast, where the chapel of Panagia Glikiotissa was first built. This name is not one commonly associated with the Virgin Mary, though it appears to be directly related to the history of the Kyrenians, who brought it with them upon their arrival to Limassol as refugees. 

Today, the chapel is located in the Nea Ekali area of Limassol, once again overlooking the sea. With regards to its name, tradition says that Panagia Glikiotissa once saved the people in Kyrenia from the plague (the name is thus said to be associated with the Greek verb 'glitono,' which means 'to save.') Other reports state that the name refers to the ancient sweet water well that was located in the area (the Greek water for sweet is 'gliko.') 

The chapel that was built by Kyrenian refugees in Limassol was inaugurated after an extensive renovation in 2014 and it celebrates every year on September 8th, just as the chapel in Kyreneia used to  do. This church, however, is particularly popular at other times of the year as well, as its panoramic views and idyllic location, close to the National Forest Park of Limassol, make it a well-known destination for wedding ceremonies.

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On the south side of the church, alongside the road, there is a beautiful, paved footpath approximately 500 meters in length, which lends itself to visitors to the area for relaxing strolls among the trees, overlooking the entire city below.