To discover more about the history of Cyprus, pay a visit to Chrysorrogiatissa Monastery. Found near Panagia village, the monastery dates back to the 12th century, while the building you see today was built in 1770.
To get to Chrysorrogiatissa Monastery, you’ll need to hire a car and take the 40 minute journey to Panagia. As you arrive, you’ll be greeted by a white-walled building in tranquil surroundings.
Entrance is free, and going inside you’ll find out more about the building’s history and discover its fascinating treasures. The story goes that in 1152, a monk named Ignatios found a beautiful icon of the Virgin Mary near Paphos, after she was washed ashore. Believing it to be a miracle, he took her to the hills and built a monastery dedicated to her. Today you can see the gold and silver-plated icon on display, which many believe was painted by Luke the Evangelist, one of the Apostles.
Before leaving the church, make sure you explore the museum. Browse the religious artefacts, including an impressive collection of Holy Books, before making your way back out into the sunshine.
When you’ve finished looking around the monastery, visit the shop where you can buy vintage wines produced by the monastery winery. Before heading back to your hotel, go to the café opposite the main entrance for a coffee, where you’ll enjoy beautiful panoramic views.
For a real taste of mountain life in Cyprus, Panagia village is nearby, and well worth a visit. At 900 metres above sea level and alongside the Paphos forest, it’s a lovely place to spend a couple of hours wandering through the streets and enjoying the view.