Monday, May 12, 2014

Throni Hill and Makarios' Tomb

Throni Hill is located about 3 km from the Kykkos Monastery in the Troodos mountains, within the Nicosia district of Cyprus.
 




After driving past the monastery entrance, there's a sign pointing towards the Tomb of Archbishop Makarios III, which is situated in a guarded cave at Throni Hill.

Archbishop Makarios III, the first president of Cyprus, began his ecclesiastical career at the Kykkos Monastery in 1926.  Before his death in 1977, Makarios requested to be buried on the summit of Throni Hill, which is near Kykkos Monastery and his hometown of Panagia Village.




At the entrance to this site, there's a massive bronze statue of the former Cypriot president.  Originally, the Makarios Statue was situated at the Archbishop's Palace in Nicosia, but it was moved to it's current location in 2008.

From the Makarios Statue, there's a circular pathway leading towards Makarios' Tomb, where there's another pathway leading up the hill to a gazebo and then the tomb.  There's another pathway leading towards a church that was being rebuilt in 2011. 

From the various pathways, there are beautiful views of the Troodos mountains and surrounding area.
 






Throni Hill and Makarios' Tomb is a popular tourist destination, particularly for those visiting the Kykkos Monastery.  This site is worth exploring, especially for the lovely mountain views.


Category: Throni Hill and Makarios' Tomb. 

Location: About 3 km from the Kykkos Monastery in the Troodos mountains, within the Nicosia district of Cyprus. 

Phone Number: N/A. 

Operating Hours: Daylight hours. 

Entrance Fee: Free. 

Date of Visit: 2011.

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