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Monastery Stavrovouni

Larnaka, Cyprus
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Ranked #3 of 34 Attractions in Larnaka
Type: Cultural
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GREECE&CYPRUS
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

The word ‘stavrovouni’ in Greek means mountain of the Cross. On 14th September an impressive ceremony takes place out here the day of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. The Monastery of Stavrovouni is perched on a rocky peak and is located in the outskirts of Larnaca. It was found the 4th century by the mother of Constantine the Great... More

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Tel Aviv
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

The church on the premises is lovely, and the monastery looks spectacular from the car park. Unfortunately, women are not allowed to enter so I can't speak as to the actual monastery, and we arrived during the lunch break so my husband and son didn't enter either. The view is worth the drive in any case though.

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Al Ain, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

The road up to the monastery is narrow and winding -drive slowly with areas you can stop for photos! Beautiful views!! No women allowed to enter monastery bur the views were worth it. Nice drive out of Larnaca

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

the whole road leading up there in the trees , great views , and once you reach the stone monastery on the top of the hills , its amazing and prepares you for what you are going to find inside. the monks there are very friendly , it is very quiet and you can also visit the old chapel ,... More

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Cyprus
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

After driving by on the motorway many times gazing skywards to this monastery finally got there. Good tarmac road all the way with several viewpoints on way up. Make the most of these as photography is restricted in the area (Army touchy touchy).No ladies admitted but well worth going as the chapel in car park is accessible and views great.Men... More

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Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

The Monastery is from 372AD. Beautiful location at the top of a hill. Plenty of History related to it . no women are permitted and men need to be dressed appropriately. Old, charming and yet daunting with the Monks that are there

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We drove up to Stavrovouni and just the view from the top was worth it. The monastery itself is pretty from the outside but women are not allowed inside. There is however a lovely little church just next to it that women can visit. For us, the drive and the view were the main reason to visit so we still... More

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Moscow, Russia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

The Monastery founded by St. Elena although is only for men, it is worth a visit for women too - for amazing views on the coast from the mountain where the monastery stands. Men can go inside and see part of the Cross on which Jesus was crucified.

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Quite a steep road up but we managed in a Ford Fiesta. Pity that woman are not allowed in the monastery. Strange when it was founded by a woman, St Helena! Fantastic iconostasis. No photos allowed although it would have been possible without a flash. Wonderful views from the top.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

This is so beautiful but only men admitted no women allowed. It is high up with wonderful views. Treat it with respect. Monks friendly but get on with their work not bothered by visitors

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