Saturday, March 15, 2014

Panagia Diakinousa Church and Monastery Ruins

Panagia Diakinousa Church and Monastery Ruins are located along one side of an isolated valley in Prastio Village, which is within the Limassol district of Cyprus.

The Panagia Diakinousa Church is actually considered three churches in one with parts from the ancient monastery, an older chapel from the 14th century, and various 18th century additions.  While most of the monastery has disappeared over the years, the current church includes parts of the fourteenth century monastery church, as well as eighteenth century additions.

The church is dedicated to Panagia Diakinousa (or the Moving Virgin Mary), since Greek Orthodox tradition states that the Virgin Mary used to come out of the church and walk around in the area, particularly the valley.

According to a legend, many years ago, during a plague (or some major illness), the Greek Orthodox church tradition claimed that the Virgin Mary sent the plague away from the village.  While chasing away the plague, she stepped on a large rock and left her footprint on it.  So, tradition states that the rock was named Pathkia tis Panagias (or the Footprint of the Virgin Mary).

From the churchyard, there's a lovely view of the valley and surrounding area.  It's a delightful place to visit, especially along a countryside drive.

Site: Panagia Diakinousa Church and Monastery Ruins. 

Category: Church and Monastery. 

Location: Near Prastio Village, within the Limassol district of Cyprus. 

Phone Number: N/A. 

Operating Hours: Daylight hours. 

Entrance Fee: Free. 

Date of Visit: 2011.

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