Panayia Chrysospiliotissa Church (Trachoni)

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This cave west of Limassol, which appears to have been welcoming people for centuries, has been transformed into a chapel which attracts thousands of guests and pilgrims each year. Nestled within a limestone crag, the church of Panagia Chrysospiliotissa is indeed a special place of worship.

Though it shares a name with many other churches in Cyprus (as well as the rest of the world), it is unique in the arrangement of its interior spaces, the murals decorating its walls, as well as the way in which the naturally-created skylights atop the rock allow the sunlight in, creating an awe-inspiring atmosphere. While its shape implies that it was probably used as a catacomb by the first Christians who lived on the island, this church has now taken on the characteristics of a modern temple, which frequently welcomes faithful pilgrims.

Besides the natural cavity that makes up a large part of this chapel, there have also been some recent additions, which have made it functional for modern times. And while the synonymous church in the Nicosia district may be more well-known, it is Panagia Chrysospiliotissa in Trachoni village in Limassol that attracts attention, as many people in fact consider it to be a miraculous one.