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Ecclesiastical Museums in Troodos




Omodos Ecclesiastical Museum

The Ecclesiastical Museum of Omodos is housed in two renovated arched halls which are situated on the floor below the monastery complex. It is one of the most attention-grabbing Ecclesiastical Museums in Troodos Area. It houses a great number of remarkable items and priceless treasures of Christian Orthodoxy which were safeguarded by the earlier generations who, in turn, passed them on to their descendants. All the artworks are displayed in a specially designed place within the halls and are on show to the public. This exhibition contributes significantly to the protection and conservation of the artworks. Some of the remarkable items on exhibit are the following: • Ancient gospels dating from 1728 • Byzantine icons of exemplary craftsmanship • Big, wooden, engraved gilded lamps and stands for the gospels • Old Books from the 16th-19th century. Some old editions include handwritten reminders • A golden-embroidered large Russian Sepulchral • Remarkably crafted Holy Communion cups and other holy vessels • Ancient holy canonicals, belt-fasteners and clerical belts • Silver relic boxes

Contact Details: Tel: +357-25422453, Fax: +357 25422089, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Website: www.omodosvillage.com

Opening Hours (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday): 09:30 - 12:00 & 13:00 - 16:00. Wednesday: 09:30 - 13:00

The Byzantine Museum in Kalopanayiotis

It is situated next to the Lambadistis monastery (dedicated to Saint John Lambadistis). Here, someone will see ecclesiastical artifacts on exhibit that have survived though the centuries in the monastery and from the other village churches. All the exhibits have been well preserved and maintained. The building originally served as the first primary school of the village and was converted in to a museum in the year 2000.

Contact Details: +357 25421020, Website: www.kalopanayiotisvillage.com

Museum of the Monastery of Megas Agros – Byzantine Chapel

The destruction of the historic Monastery of Megas Agros, which according to tradition was constructed by monks who had come from Kyziko (in Asia Minor) during the period of the iconoclasm. In 1894 the present church of Panagia Eleousa of Agros was built in its place. Based on the descriptions of the monastery, the chapel museum was rebuilt, in which the iconostasis, (containing icons of the 12th century), old books and other artifacts, which had been preserved from the destroyed monastery, and were placed in it. In the yard of the church, the Department of Antiquities discovered, not only architectural remains, but also several samples from the Monastery ’s hagiographies (icons painted on walls and ceilings), as well as many tiles which were used to cover the wooden roofs of the Troodos churches.

Contact Details: +357 25521333

Arsos Icon Chamber

In the Apostle Philippos (Phillip) Icon Chamber, transportable icons dating between the 17th and 20th centuries are on display. Of particular interest are the icons of Christ and the Virgin Mary, attributed to Dimitrios (first half of the 17th century) as well as another icon of Saint John the Baptist painted by Solomon Thitis in the middle of the seventeenth century. In the main church there is also a big icon of Saint Philip painted in the thirteenth century, which features scenes from his life.

Contact Details: +357 25943222 / +357 25942171, Website: www.arsosvillage.com

Visits are by arrangement with the priest of the church: +357 25943177

The Byzantine Museum of Pedoulas

The Pedoulas Byzantine Museum was established during the current tenure of Bishop of Morphou ‘Neophytos’ in order to house icons and holy relics of the 13th -20th century, and is situated close the church of Archangel Michael. The late Andreas Ellinas was the founder and benevolent sponsor of this byzantine museum. The Head Priest Charalambos Kourris made an important contribution by collecting and safeguarding the icons and other relics in the Holy Cross Church which are now exhibited in the Byzantine Museum.

Opening Hours (Mon - Sun): 09:00 - 16:00

Contact Details: Website: www.pedoulasvillage.net

Vasa Koilaniou Church Museum

The Agios Ioannis Prodromos (Saint John the Baptist) Chapel hosts the Vasa Koilaniou icon exhibits. Of particular note are the icons of Saint Timon from the latter half of 15th century.

Visits are by arrangement with the priest. Tel: +357 25244227

Sacristy of Lofou village

In the church in Lofou dedicated to the Annunciation of the Mother of God, a sacristy (an apartment in or a building connected with a church or a religious house, in which the sacred vessels, vestments, etc., are kept) has been created for the ecclesiastical heirlooms of the village, such as icons and wood carvings. The icons, which date from the 19th century, are of the Cormaro School style. The church and the sacristy are adorned with frescoes from 1919 signed by Othon Giavopoulos.

Visits are by arrangement with the priest. Tel: 357 35470771

Ecclesiastical Museum of Kyperounda village

Ecclesiastical Museum of Kyperounda village In the village of Timios Stavros (Holy Cross) in Kyperounda you will find an Ecclesiastical museum which amongst other artifacts, contains remarkable frescoes dating from 1521, and a priceless collection of icons, among which the one of Saint Marina, stands out, and which dates from the Thirteenth century.

Contact Details: 258132016, 99352547

Opening Hours: 09.00 - 15.00

Icon Collection of Lemythou village

The Chapel of Agios Theodoros (Saint Theodore) contains the icon collection of the village of Lemythou, where a special place is allocated to the 13th century icon of the Virgin (Mary) Kykkotissa, and the 14th century icon of Saint Nikolaos (Nicholas).

Visits are by arrangement with the priest. Tel: +357 25462651

Agridia Icon Chamber

In the women’s section of the Prophet Elias Church, the old wooden icon of the chapel is on show, together with other post-Byzantine icons, and, with the icon-case of Saint Paraskevi’s holy remnants of especial interest.

Visits are by arrangement with the priest of the church. Telephone: +357 25522344

Palaichori Village Museum

The museum is incorporated in a renovated house of traditional architecture, located in the center of the village. The museum exhibits outstanding works of religious art and historical documents, which have been preserved over the centuries. Chronologically, the exhibits span many centuries, including the Franken era (1192-1489) until present day.

Contact Details: +357 99793362, +357 99974230

Opening Hours: Tuesday through till Friday, 10:00 - 13:00