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Stavrovouni Monastery - Larnaca
By the end of the 1970's it looked as though the monastery would close as only three monks remained, but today there are twenty. The monks spend some time each day at Stavrovouni itself, the rest of the time in Ayia Varvara on the steep winding road to the top. Close by, one of the monks, Kallinikos can be seen painting icons in his workshop using bold primary colours with golf leaf, and these can be bought and commissions are accepted.

The monks belong to the Athonite Order, which is the strictest on the island, with frugal meals and little sleep interspersed with hard work on the monastery's lands and many hours of prayer.
* Please note: Women and cameras are NOT allowed in the main monastery. If visitors would like to go into the chapel by the car park, ladies must cover their shoulders and knees.

* The monastery is closed to the public between 11.00- 2.00 p.m. each day.

Visiting the Stavrovouni Monastery,m akes a great day out in Cyprus, or thing to do near Larnaca on your Cyprus Holiday.

To visit Stavrovouni you will need to either hire a car, or take an excurision whilst on the island of Cyprus.
Stavrovouni - A monastery with a view.

If you are looking for days out , or things to do near Larnaca. Why not visit the Stavrovouni Monastery

Perched high on an isolated craggy rock stands Stavrovouni Monastery (670 m) which offers visitors a panoramic view of the Larnaca coastline far below.
(you may even be able to spot your Larnaca Hotel)

Stavrovouni means "Mountain of the Cross" and it is the oldest monastery on the island. Originally the crag was the site of an elaborate temple dedicated to the goddess Aphrodite. When St. Helena {mother of Constantine, the Roman Emperor} visited the island on her way back from Jerusalem (AD427), she left a fragment of the True Cross there - following instructions given to her in a dream. She placed a cross made from cypress wood and she suggested that a religious community should be founded there.

The monastery has seen many conflicts during its turbulent history. After the Turkish conquest it was burned and it was only in the last century that it was rebuilt on its original foundations. Today the precious relic of the True Cross hangs in the monastery church, decorated richly in gold leaf and displayed on an elaborately decorated wooden crucifix.