Chrysoroyiatissa Monastery which is located around 40 kilometers from Paphos town, was established by Monk Ignatios in 1152. It is said that the monk found the icon of the Virgin Mary off the shore of Paphos and decided to build a small church in her honour at this site. The monastery was restored at the end of the 18th century and is a delight for visitors as some of the original frescoes still cover the three entrances to the church. The monastery is at an altitude of 2700 feet and situated near the village of Panayia which is the birthplace of Archbishop Makarios III. The monastery has its own vineyards and produces wine commercially since the mid 1980’s.
The monastery is home to a collection of important icons and treasures which are on display for visitors. Parking facilities and restrooms are available as well as the museum and old winery but the facilities are not suitable for people in wheelchairs. The souvenir shop on the premises has a selection of products from the area, books, icons and religious items. Brochures in Greek and Russian are available with a short history of the monastery. Inside the monastery are a variety of religious icons and a statue of the Virgin Mary which is made out of pure silver. The monastery hold a feast every year on the 15th August in honour of the Virgin Mary. This feast is attended by many locals annually.
The area around the monastery is densely populated by pine trees and the buildings are situated in a very picturesque, elevated area. The Byzantine museum which was recently created is worth visiting to admire the icons and other treasures that are on show. The monastery also has a small café which has panoramic views and serves light meals and refreshments. The peace and serenity found at this monastery cannot be matched. Perched high up in the Paphos Mountains the stunning views of the forest and the valley below, the Monastery is well worth visiting the next time you are in Paphos.
Villages to visit around the monastery include Panayia which has a remarkable winery called Vouni Panayia Winery. Here you can organize to have a traditional Cypriot meal and enjoy some of the best wines in Cyprus. The village also has the church of St. George which is another important example of the Greek Orthodox religious buildings.
You can contact the Monastery at the information below:
Admission Fee: Free Entry. Accepted voluntary contributions.
Postal Address: T.K.8649 Monastery Chrysorrogiatissa
Hours: Daily (September to April) 07:00 to 16:30 (May-August) 07:00 to 18:30