Agios Ioannis Lambadistis Monastery

Agios Ioannis Lambadistis Monastery

Agios Ioannis Lambadistis Monastery
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118val
Shepparton, Australia138 contributions
Nov 2019
The Monastery is situated in the Troodos Mountains and is well worth the windy drive to this picturesque town. There were very few visiting so it was peaceful, the priest was knowledgeable and pleasant. Some of the fragmented wall paintings date back to the 11th and 12th century and the other frescoes from the 13th and 14th century. There are three small churches and a number of other rooms including an oil press to explore.
Written January 3, 2020
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Moniaits
London, UK1,468 contributions
May 2023 • Couples
One has to negotiate the very narrow streets of Kalopanayiotis to get to it, but at least there is a one way system. It is worth is, however. It is very unique, as there are three different churches in one complex. The frescos in the middle church were all destroyed by fire, but don’t let that stop you visiting. The other two make up for it.
Written May 15, 2023
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Larnaca, Cyprus3,210 contributions
Sep 2019 • Family
One of the best if not the most beautiful UNESCO protected church in Cyprus. You can see the beauty of the paintings and the church is full of history. Worth to visit the museum also for 1 eur. To be visited for sure.
Written September 29, 2019
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tinkle_24
Northampton, UK1,749 contributions
Mar 2018 • Friends
Near impossible looking for these UNESCO churches. Found one out of three. One was closed on arrival! Frustration and annoyance! BUT on reaching this one, all was worthwhile. Fabulously beautiful painted church and typical Troodos structure on the outside. The warden was very friendly and tried his best to explain to us the history and paintings. Great place!
Written March 13, 2018
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greekcypriot2009
Athens, Greece9,354 contributions
Jan 2013 • Solo
The picturesque village of Kalopanagiotis is known for its healthy sulphur springs and for its church of Agios loannis Lambadistis.

The Church of Agios Ioannis Lambadistis and Byzantine Museum

Originally a monastery, today’s church of Agios Ioannis Lambadistis is a complex of three churches: Agios Irakleidios, Agios Ioannis Lambadistis and a Latin chapel – all under a single pitched roof. The church is a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The church of Agios Irakleidios was built in the 11th century while its frescoes date to the 13th and 16th century. The iconostasis is particularly interesting, covered with gargoyles, including a heraldic Lusignan lion and Byzantine eagle.

The church of Agios Ioannis Lambadistis was built in 1731. The saint’s tomb, which dates to the 12th century, can be found under the narrow north-eastern arch and the saint’s skull lies in a niche. The icon of Lambadistis dates to 1543. The Latin Chapel contains the most complete series of Italo-Byzantine paintings in Cyprus.
Written February 16, 2013
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Erin K
Washington DC, DC80 contributions
Mar 2019 • Solo
This low, unassuming building houses three distinct spaces of worship from different years, and the paintings blew me away by their vibrancy and ability to speak to us today. The icon museum next door is only 1 euro and has original art from several churches in the region. Father Chris speaks excellent English, and we enjoyed coffee in the courtyard afterward.
Written March 11, 2019
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ilGrec0
Thessaloniki Region, Greece671 contributions
Nov 2013 • Couples
We stayed for the weekend at Kalopanagiotis village in the north Troodos and this was an excellent starting point to make a tour in a number of churches in Troodos mountain, that are within the Unesco world heritage under the name "Painted Churches in the Troodos Region"
(http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/351). This was the first church we visited, since it was really close to the village of Kalopanagiotis, you just have to cross the bridge on foot and it is right there. I have seen pictures of these churches in the internet, however I was really impressed by the sight when I was inside Ioannis Lampadistis. What was the most impressive thing is that in contrast to most religious monuments in Europe, there was no sense of tourism whatsoever. Nothing was sold inside or outside the church and this was enhancing the sentiment of being in a religious spot. Serenity and peace. Regarding the exterior of the church, it is really special and different. There is a characteristic architecture that we afterwards observed also in the other "Unesco" churches. There is no entry fee for the church. There is however nearby a museum which requires a symbolic fee of 1 euro but it was not open at Saturday evening. Totally worth the visit!!
Written November 19, 2013
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regaleks
Jerusalem, Israel337 contributions
Oct 2019
A very old place that goes back to the XI century. You will enjoy the frescos and a very special atmosphere of the place.
Written October 10, 2019
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Dominique P
Reykjavik, Iceland83 contributions
Jan 2019 • Family
These medieval bysantine churches of Troodos are not all easy to find and google maps or others are not very helpful (then one enjoys the unexpected surroundings!) but don't miss this one,it is probably the most touching of them all. Beautiful, peaceful, just few steps from the village of Kalopanagiotis. You could hear the monks singing (usually it comes from a CD payed by the warden monk in the shop)... The complex is splendid, the church and the icons stunning, and don't forget the shop and its fruits syrups or caroub bars. Everybody gets taken by a spell.Even in rainy/snowy weather.
Written January 9, 2019
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Gingerninja
Larnaca, Cyprus81 contributions
Nov 2018 • Couples
We visited the monastery and the icon museum. We met the loviest monk who gave us a whistle stop tour of the various icons all for the bargain entry of 1 euro per person. The monastery itself is small but perfectly painted with amazing icons on every conceivable surface. We don't usually 'do' religious buildings on our holidays but this was worth the visit. 'Efharisto' to the lovely monk!
Written November 1, 2018
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Agios Ioannis Lambadistis Monastery, Kalopanagiotis