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Review of Kykkos Monastery (Panagia tou Kykkou)

Kykkos Monastery (Panagia tou Kykkou)
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Kykkos Monastery and Kakopetria Village Excursion from Ayia Napa
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Owner description: founded in the 12th century, the monastery is dedicated to the Virgin Mary and contains many precious icons and relics.
Lanark, United Kingdom
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“excellent day out”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2013

Visited this monastery on a trip through the Troodos mountains. What a wonderful place to visit. The history alone of the monastery is amazing. The furnishings are spectacular.
If visiting please bear in mind, gentlemen no knees showing, ladies no bare shoulders. If your dress code is deemed inappropriate you are kindly asked to don purple gowns that are available for tourists. After a pleasant vist to the monastery there are adjacent shops and a restaurant, at reasonable prices to buy your souveniers or meal at.
If you only visit one monastery on Cyprus this is the one to visit. The scenery on the way is also marvelous, although care should be taken to adhere to the speed limit.

Visited October 2013
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“Big but not attractive”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2013

Clearly a place that attracts too many tourists. If you expect to find a bit of silence and a moment to reflect on things you are at the wrong place. Try any other monastery on Cyprus for more peace and quiet. In the church you can witness an interesting ritual. Visitors may ignite a candle and purchase a lighter to do so from one on the monks guarding the 5 or 6 candles that can be lighted. Obviously the process would terminate when all candles burn. The religious men prevent this by snuffing the just lighted candles so enabling the process to continue. Outside you find many shops. One is owned by the monastery and claims it's goods are therefore reasonably priced. All in all, the fresco's are worthwhile as is the small monastery museum (5 euro/pp). Restaurant is nearby.

Visited October 2013
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“Bysantine Monastery”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2013

I booked a car hire in Paphos I found this cheaper than going on trips I drove into the Troudoss mountains the driving over there is easy the same driving as over here, on the way up we found a little café with a waterfall we stopped of for coffee, we where given fruit on the table free of charge and we sat under the grape vines and drank our coffee, we then went to a small village on the top of the mountain and found a sign to the Kykkos Monastery, we drove down to it there was no charge to go in and we where both given a gown to put on this was in respect to the Monastery, we spent about two hours or more in there it was beyond my wildest dreams it was amazing it was like wandering around a time capsule there where artefacts and bones of many saints, you could smell the history, you could see the history, and you certainly feel the history. we then left and headed out back out across to cedar valley passing the cable cars and the ski slopes, back to Polis the other side of Paphos.

Visited September 2013
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Great Malvern, United Kingdom
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“Somewhere you have to go”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2013

This is one of Cyprus's must do's. Like Marmite, you might love it for its beauty and art, or hate it for its abuse of wealth. Either way, it is a lovely drive through the Troudos mountains to get there, although you won't need long for a visit.

However, there is also a museum there which apparently needs a couple of hours to go round, and you pay separately for entrance.

The monastery is still in use and there is free overnight accommodation for those planning to attend an early morning service.

Visited September 2013
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“a holy place for Cypriots”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2013

Kykkos monastery is one of the most significant sight in Cyprus. It holds the icon of Virgin Mary which is said to work miracles. This treasure is enough to make the place attractive, but there’s more: the museum worth visiting, a cloister with mosaics, a courtyard. The monastery is a holy place for Cypriots and you’re able to feel its holy atmosphere. Unfortunately, it’s a problem to get there on your own as the monastery is located high up in Troodos mountains and tourist groups have a limited time inside.

Visited August 2013
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