The historic shrines of the island are fascinating with their special atmosphere. Unfortunately the turbulent times of many wars and invasions in the history of the island have caused many cultural monuments to be severely damaged - some so badly that they had to be rebuilt from scratch. Ayia Napa Monastery is a unique sanctuary which survives to this day in its original form giving a clear idea of what architectural tradition was like in Cyprus in the fifteenth century. By the way, the architecture on the island today conforms to modern trends, and real estate in Cyprus is very popular with European buyers.
The monastery is situated in the town bearing the same name, which was actually named after the shrine. Today the monastery does not function; instead it hosts a museum, visited daily by hundreds of tourists from all over the world. Tthis unique historical place is really worth a visit if you come to Cyprus on holiday or property viewing trip to choose a modern home for living or investment.
The following article will talk in more detail about the history of Ayia Napa Monastery, how to get to this historical monument and other important information.
The amazing history of Ayia Napa Monastery
The Monastery of Ayia Napa: Facts of interest today
The miraculous icon of the Virgin Mary is located in the monastery church (open to the public). Many pilgrims from all over the world come for its blessing.
The grounds of the monastery are amazingly beautiful, with many well-kept flowerbeds. It seems unbelievable that this place has preserved its peace and sanctity even in the midst of the surrounding tourist city.
Ayia Napa Monastery: How to reach and opening hours
The Monastery is situated in the heart of the touristic town of Ayia Napa which property is loved by tourists all around the world. It is very easy to reach, especially for holidaymakers who stay in the town. It is about one kilometre from the coast to the monastery. For those whose holiday is in another Cyprus city, there are a variety of guided tours to the island's shrines. Most tour operators put together their itinerary depending on the clients’ needs, so you can visit any of the island's famous (and not so famous) shrines. For example, we would recommend to include the Cat Monastery, Stavrovouni, Kikkos, Maheras and other monasteries in your trip route. How much will such a tour cost depends on the length of the route and the number of sights to be visited. But usually their price is quite affordable and justified.
The opening hours at Ayia Napa Monastery depend on the season. The monastery is open to visitors from 9.30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in winter and from 9.30 a.m. to 9 p.m. to 9 p.m. in summer. In summertime it is recommended to visit after the heat sets in while in wintertime any time of the day is comfortable. Entrance is free.
Cyprus and the whole of Europe have a number of astonishing monuments and shrines, which are worth visiting for the curious tourist.