Monday, 11 November 2013

The Monastery of Saint Neofytos Egklistos near Tala village, Pafos

 The Monastery of Saint Neofytos Egklistos

The Monastery of Saint Neofytos Egklistos in Pafos is one of the most well known monasteries in Cyprus. Saint Neofytos is one of the most important Saints of Cyprus as he was born in Lefkara village in Larnaca at 1134 A.C.

Despite the fact we had only half an hour to spare on our latest visit in Pafos, the monastery was very close to the place we were going so we thought to pay a visit.

It's been many years since we've last been there which was usually at Easter time with my family.

We entered the premises of the monastery and left our car at the parking area. We walked up the stairs and saw on the one side the old monastery of Saint Neofytos (crafted on the rocks of the mountain) and on the other side the Church and the accommodation facilities.

Apart from the accommodation facilities, halls and of course the Church we also noticed the area of the museum which holds the old and important documents and items of the monastery.

 As we approached the Church even further we noticed a monument and a grave outside the main entrance. It belongs to one of the most profound Leaders of the monastery, Iakovos Michaelides Myrianthefs, who was the head of the monastery between 1898-1933.

We then entered the Church and watched the ceremony which was near its end. We finished just in time to make it back to our original schedule but we will surely return soon to find more about the monastery and its history.

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