Cyprus monasteries

The principle religion in Cyprus is Orthodoxy. The biggest part of Cyprus population (around 78% of the total population) belong to the Greek Orthodox Church of Cyprus. The Turkish – Cypriots (18%) are Muslim. There are also other minorities such as the Maronites and the Armenian Apostolics, Jewish and Roman Catholics which make up about 4%.

The Greek – Orthodox Church unlike the Western Church emphasizes on the resurrection of Jesus rather than his birth and therefore Easter is a much bigger celebration. Even if it recognized the seniority and prestige of the ecumenical patriarch in Constantinople, remains autonomous.

In the Orthodox Church, the most important activity is the liturgy. It recognized seven sacraments: baptism in infancy, followed by confirmation with consecrated oil, penance, the Eucharist, matrimony, ordination, and unction in times of sickness or when near death.

In Cyprus, there are many Churches in each town and village, each one devoted to a different Saint, or to the Virgin Mary. Most people attend Church during festivities such as Christmas, Easter, weddings, christenings, funerals or on Sundays. Apart from the many Churches there are also many monasteries which can be dated thousands of years ago.

Below you can see the full list of monasteries in Cyprus. If you would like to see our full list of churches visit: Cyprus churches

Cyprus monasteries map

Cyprus monasteries by location (district)

Archangelos Michael Monastery - Analyonta

To the southwest of Analyonta , on a green hill is the monastery of Archangelos Michail. The specific time of its construction is unknown. T...

Ayia Napa Monastery

The monastery of Ayia Napa is located in Ayia Napa in the Ammochostos district. The name Ayia Napa means wild forest. The area took its name...

Chrysorrogiatissa Monastery

Chrysorrogiatissa Monastery is located at a beautiful location near the Panagia village, west of the Paphos forest. The monastery was fou...

Holy Monastery of St Nicholas of the Cats

Holy Monastery of St Nicholas of the Cats or Agios Nikolaos Ton Gaton Monastery is considered as being the oldest as well as the first monas...

Kykkos monastery

The Holy, Royal and Stavropegic Monastery of Kykkos (Greek:Ιερά Μονή Κύκκου), which lies 20 km west of Pedoulas, is one of the...

Machairas Monastery (Panagia Machaira)

The Holly Monastery of Machairas or Panagia Machaira is located at Troodos under the Machaira Mountain. Sometimes Machairas is also wri...

Minthis Hills Monastery

The Minthis Hills Monastery is located a little outside the community of Tsada in the Paphos district, and is located inside the greenery an...

Monastery of Panagia Chrysogialiotissa - Gialia Village

The Monastery of Panagia Chrysogialiotissa is located about 10 minutes passed the town of Polis Chrysochous in the village of Gialia in...

Monastery of Panagia Salamiotissa

One kilometre southeast from the Salamiou village is the Holly Monastery of Panagia Eleousis which has been renamed as Salamiotissas. The...

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