Thursday, June 26, 2014

Saint Barnabas Monastery and Museum

The Saint Barnabas Monastery is located near Tulza Village and the Salamis Archaeological Site, within the Famagusta district of Northern Cyprus.
 


Barnabas lived in ancient Salamis, and he preached the gospel message throughout Cyprus, particularly in Salamis around 45 AD.

In 477, a monastery, financed by Byzantine Emperor Zeno, was built near the apostle Barnabas' grave, which is situated on the western end of the Salamis Necropolis and near the Royal Tombs.

 




Two centuries after the Saint Barnabas Monastery was built, it was destroyed during an Arab raid, and only the foundation of the original building still remains.

In 1756, the current monastic buildings were constructed.
 
 


 
Today, the Saint Barnabas Monastery serves as a historical site with two museums: Archaeological Museum and Icon Museum.

The Archaeological Museum focuses on ancient artifacts from throughout the region, particularly from the Salamis Archaeological Site, which will be featured in an upcoming blog post.

The Icon Museum includes various icons, particularly from the 18th century, gathered from the village churches throughout the Famagusta district, as well as from the Saint Barnabas Monastery.
 



The Saint Barnabas Monastery is an enjoyable place to explore, and the Royal Tombs are situated nearby.


Site: Saint Barnabas Monastery, Icon Museum, Archeology Museum, and Royal Tombs. 

Category: Archaeological Site and Museum. 

Location: Near the Salamis Archaeological Site, within the Famagusta district of Northern Cyprus. 

Phone Number: N/A. 

Operating Hours: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Monday to Sunday, during winter months, 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM on Monday to Sunday, during summer months. 

Entrance Fee: €2,50. 

Date of Visit: 2013.

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