The Byzantine Churches in Nicosia Region -2

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This route, which is the third for Nicosia, starts from Kato Deftera and the Spileo (cave) of Panagia Chrysospiliotissa with frescoes of the 14th century, where a large festival is held on August 15.

In Politiko, the visitor will see the Μonastery of Agios Erakleidios, a women’s monastery, which can tell the entire story of the Orthodox Church.

The renowned Μonastery of Panagia of Machaira is the next stop of the route. Visitors have the opportunity to visit one of the most significant monasteries of Cyprus built in the 12th century with funds from Byzantine Emperors.

In Fikardou, one can admire the folk architecture of the village, which was declared, in its entirety, as an ancient monument by UNESCO.

In Palaichori, the route passes from the church of Panagia Chrysopantanassa, which is located in the centre of the village and from the Εcclesiastical museum located very near the church.

In Agrokipia, the last part of the route lies the church of the Μonastery of Agios Panteleimonas Acheras with interesting icons and a wood carved iconostasis, characteristic of the ecclesiastical art under Turkish rule.

Total route length: 73 kilometres.
Start Point: Spileo (cave) of Panagia tis Chrysospiliotissas, Kato Deftera
End Point: Μonastery of Agios Panteleimonos Acheras, Agrokipia

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