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Timios Prodromos Monastery (Mesa Potamos)

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In the heart of Troodos Mountains, between Saittas, Platres and Kato Amiantos, the Timios Prodromos Holy Monastery at Mesa Potamos is located within the pine forest. It is a male monastery, which dates back to the 11th or 12th century, with a possible expansion in the 14th century.

During the Ottoman Empire, the monastery faced decline. In 1753, when the Russian monk, Barsky, visited it, he only found 1 abbot and 2 monks. In 1878 the temple was destroyed by a fire. In 1912, it operated once again, until it was deserted in 1916. At the time, the Bishop Meletios Metaksakis and Nikodemos Milonas decided that the monastery should be utilized as a hotel for tourists who would visit the idyllic location for their recreation and leisure time.  This lasted until the 1950s, when the monastery was deserted once again.

Thus, this monastery, surrounded by a dense forest, operated as a hotel for decades, until 1950, when it was deserted and remained so until it was once again inhabited by monks from Machairas in 2003.

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Inside the monastery, one can still see the preserved 16th century temple, a one-aisled basilica with a tiled roof, and a few murals. In 2013 a new temple was built in a wing of other auxiliary buildings.

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The natural environment with its rich flora, a result of the nearby river and waterfalls, and the general tranquility of the scenery make this monastery in the Limassol an ideal option for relaxation and calmness of spirit. This sense of wellbeing is encouraged by the welcoming picnic area located at a small distance from the monastery.



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