Magical churches of Cyprus

I am still amazed how much Cyprus has to offer: beautiful and wild beaches…

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Cape Lara – Turtle Beach

ancient ruins…

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Ruins of Kourion

salt lakes and wild flamingos…

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Salt lake and flamingos near Larnaca

amazing mountains views…

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Tutors Mountains

stunning sunsets…

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Coral Bay sunset

impressive monasteries and churches.

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Church in Pafos

Our first encounter with Greece was an absolutely amazing experience. The hunger for more definitely grows and if everything goes well, I will be visiting one of Greek islands in September – my favorite month to travel 🙂 Sometimes I cannot believe we have never been to Greece before as this is such a popular destination, especially Crete, Rhodos, Corfu, Santorini… O, well, now I can say we have been to Greece and I can put this country on my map!

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Church we saw on our way to Polis

But back to the point – the churches in Cyprus vary – buildings can be grand and spacious, with beautiful ornamentation and  decor or small and modest – like a traditional 18 century single nave church in Polis. 

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Church in Polis

This church is charmingly simple, with its modest wooden decorations and few beautiful icons along the altar. Compering to richly decorated church at Kykkos monastery it looks very poor and almost lonely. But I think that its charm and beauty hides in its simplicity. 

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Simple belfry
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Inside the church

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White walls and colorful icons with likenesses of saints offered comfort for the weary soul. This is what I always look for in churches – a quiet and isolated from the world outside the walls moment.

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Because we were out of season we lost all the tourists we would normally meet during our adventure and we were able to discover beauty and peacefulness of many churches and monasteries we have visited without a hassle of rushing around.

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The Greek Cypriots is a part of The Eastern Orthodox Communion – the name of the religion means “the right believe” and they do not acknowledge Catholic Pope only a Patriarch of Constantinople as their leader.  The founders – Saint Barnabas, Paul and Mark – indicates Apostolic Succession and the religion dates itself from 45 A.D. 

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Almost every city, small village has a church – beautiful and significant buildings made out of sandstone so it looks light and clean.

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Church in Limassol
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Stunning church we spotted somewhere on our way to Toodors mountains – tiny village but the church was magnificent!

I am not a religious person, but somehow I love churches. I love their peacefulness and calm, what they can offer to people, not matter if you are believer or not – the walls absorb faith and prayers and when you are in a church you have a desire to stop yourself and absorb a little bit of a peace and calm surrounding you. For me personally the church is a shelter and when I am in it, during its quiet time, I can stop myself from rushing around and I easily forget about the world outside. 

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