18 November 2011 12:01

This monastery at Kalopanyiotis with its well-preserved frescos is a UNESCO world heritage monument, the only monastery in Cyprus protected in this manner. Once inside the monastery the visitor will find himself amongst three churches under one roof, specimens of Byzantine period. No one is certain about the time of construction of the various parts of the monastery. The Russian monk Bassilios Barsky who visited the monastery in the year 1735, mentions the monastery extensively. He drew the lay¬out, as he himself says, but unfortunately the drawing has not survived. However, as it becomes apparent from the character of the frescos these date back from the 9th to the 15th century. The monastery was at its prime during the Mid-Byzantine, Frankish and Venetian periods.