Byzantine Routes

See the famous painted churches of Cyprus, ten Byzantine churches on UNESCO’s World Heritage List, with their remarkable pitched wooden roofs, icons and frescoes.

Scattered throughout the Troodos mountain region of Marathassa, Solea and Pitsilia, they are often situated in beautiful settings among the trees and are bound to impress you.

This region is characterized by one of the largest groups of churches and monasteries of the former Byzantine Empire. The complex of 10 momuments are all richly decorated with murals, provides an overview of Byzantine and post-Byzantine painting in Cyprus. They range from small churches whose rural architectural style is in stark contrast to their highly refined decoration, to monasteries such as that of St John Lampadistis.

Welcome to Cyprus

Welcome to Cyprus, an island of legends that basks year-round in the light of the warm Mediterranean sun. A storied past 10,000 years long has seen civilizations come and go and the likes of everyone from Alexander the Great to Cleopatra stake their claim here - but then, people do tend to get possessive when faced with such beauty. Aphrodite made her home on Cyprus, and travellers throughout antiquity came here just to pay her tribute.

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