You will find several mountain resorts nestled in the Troodos Mountains. This is not too surprising especially with the fact that this region is known over the world for its astounding geology and undisturbed flora and fauna. Nevertheless, you will find more regions to explore in this region and a trip to three of the monasteries under its territory would be a worthwhile experience.
This is located 20 kilometers west of the famousPedhoulasVillage. It is one of the richest and most famous monasteries inCyprus. It was founded in the year 1100 and it has been dedicated to the Virgin Mary. It is the owner of the three surviving icons that has been ascribed to St. Luke, which is more than enough reason why pilgrims and interested tourists visit the site. However, a merit added to it is the tomb of Archbishop Makarios III, the first President of Cyprus.
Peak Season: People flock the place during the 8th of September and the 15th of August where religious affairs are conducted and celebrated.
The Monastery of Timios Prodromos
This deserted monastery provides an idyllic setting, considering the nearby waterfall that adds to the elegance and mystique of the place. It was mentioned by Barsky in one of his anecdotes and he described it as a monastery located within the beautiful mountains of Troodos. It has undergone several transformations in the past decades. From the years 1914 to 1960, the monastery became a hotel. After which, it was deserted until its restoration in the year 2003.
At present, there are seven monks maintaining the monastery and visitors are free to visit them so long as they will adhere to the policies of the place.
You will enjoy your visit to this beautiful monastery. It is situated on the southern slopes of the TroodosMountainswhere it was founded during the 13th century. Similar with Kykko monastery, it also contains priceless icons of the Blessed Virgin Mary brought from Asia Minor. However, most of the other heirlooms are dated during the later periods of the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries.
The monastery was almost dissolved in the 19th century; luckily, Monk Damaskinos was given authority to revive the monastery. From that point, prayers to the Holy Icon of Panagia have been performed. Childless couples often visit the place in hope that prayers to the icon will give them luck in bearing children.
You do not need to be a religious to appreciate the architecture, heirlooms, and the scenic beauty of these monasteries. However, you will definitely need to find reliable Limassol car rentals to provide you transportation to these places. Tourists will enjoy their stay in Limassol better if they have keys to their own vehicle, even if it will only be for a few weeks or few days time.