The best-known and richest monastery of Cyprus, Kykkos Monastery was founded in 1100 and dedicated to the Virgin Mary. It possesses one of three surviving icons ascribed to Saint Luke. It is covered in silver gilt, enclosed in a shrine of tortoise shell and mother of-pearl, and stands in front of the iconostasis. The museum is an integral part of the monastery and houses a priceless collection of icons, consecrated vessels, manuscripts and Cypriot antiquities. The first President of Cyprus, Archbishop Makarios III served as a novice here. At his wish, he was buried at Throni, a scenic location 3km west of the monastery. Annual religious fairs (panigiria) are held at Kykko on 15 August and 8 September.
Kykkos Monastery Tel +357 22 94 24 35
Museum of Kykkos Monastery Tel +357 22 94 27 36
The Monastery and the Museum are open daily:
Nov.-May.: 10:00-16:00 / June-Oct.: 10:00-18:00
Entrance fees for the museum: 5,00 (3,00 for groups)