Thursday, May 22, 2014

Stavrovouni Monastery

The Stavrovouni Monastery (also known as Mountain of the Cross Monastery) is located near Tochni Village and about 40 km from the city of Larnaca, within the Larnaca district of Cyprus.
 
 





This monastery was originally built in 327 AD, and it's considered to be the earliest documented monastery in Cyprus.  Over the years, it has been destroyed several times, typically by fire and wars.  The current monastery was rebuilt in the 19th century.

According to a legend, Agia Eleni gave a fragment of the Holy Cross to the monastery; hence, the name.


 
 

Today, this particular Greek Orthodox monastery doesn't allow women to enter, in order to keep the monks mostly isolated and in a stricter lifestyle.  Men are allowed to visit the monastery, when dressed appropriately.

However, there's a chapel, which is called the Church of All Saints of Cyprus, accessible to visitors and situated near the car park. 

This monastery is situated on top of a 700 meter high mountain peak, and there are lovely views of the island from this area.






Since there are lovely views from the area, the Stavrovouni Monastery is worth visiting, particularly for male visitors, since they are allowed within the monastery.


Site: Stavrovouni Monastery. 

Category: Monastery. 

Location: Near Tochni Village and about 40 km from the city of Larnaca, within the Larnaca district of Cyprus.

Phone Number: 22533630. 

Operating Hours: 7:00 AM to 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM on Monday to Sunday, during winter months.  8:00 AM to 12:00 PM and 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM on Monday to Sunday, during summer months. 

Entrance Fee: Free. 

Date of Visit: 2013.

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