Friday, June 20, 2014

Agios Irakleidios Monastery

The Agios Irakleidios Monastery (also known as the Saint Herakleidos Monastery) is located near Politiko Village, within the Nicosia district of Cyprus.

This monastery was originally built during the 4th century, yet it was destroyed and rebuilt several times over the years.  Most of the current monastic buildings date back to 1773.

Within the monastery, there are various ancient sites, including the Agios Irakleidios Church, which  was restored in the 8th and 14th centuries, and the original entrance to the tomb of Agios Irakleidios.

Irakleidios met Paul and Barnabas at Kition, while they were traveling through Cyprus, and then Irakleidios led them across the rest of the island to Paphos. 

As the first bishop of Tamassos, Irakleidios was buried in the cave where he had lived in the 1st century AD.  In 4th century, a large three-aisled basilica was built over his grave.  Over the years, the basilica and other churches were constructed in the same place, which lead to the monastery named after Irakleidios.

The current Agios Irakleidios Monastery serves as a convent, and one of the nuns allowed us to visit the locked cave of Agios Irakleidios that is situated within the monastery.

The Agios Irakleidios Monastery is a pleasant site for locals and tourists to visit.

Site: Agios Irakleidios Monastery. 

Category: Monastery and Archaeological Site. 

Location: Near Politiko Village, within the Nicosia district of Cyprus.

Phone Number: 22523950. 

Operating Hours: 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM and 2:30 PM to 5:00 PM on Monday to Friday.  6:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Saturday and Sunday.

Entrance Fee: Free. 

Date of Visit: 2013.

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