These magnificent painted churches are situated in the Pitsilia, Solea and Marathasa area of the Troodos region in central Cyprus. The churches are a UNESCO world Heritage Site since 1985 and include ten Byzantine churches and monasteries richly decorated with Byzantine murals that are said to have been built between the 11th and 16th century. The region has one of the largest groups of churches of the former Byzantine Empire.All ten churches are well conserved and provide an outstanding example of Byzantine and post-Byzantine paintings. These churches are still used as places of worship by the locals who take great pride in preserving the authenticity of these structures. Set in the rural surroundings of the Troodos area, these churches are visited by thousands of tourists and local every year.