The monastery is situated in a beautiful location near the village of Panagia and the forest west of Paphos. Founded in 1152 AD by the monk Ignatius, who found Moulia the miraculous image of the Virgin Mary in Paphos and which according to tradition, is painted by Saint Luke. Ignatius moved the picture to the mountain and built the monastery, which was dedicated to the Virgin Chrysorrogiatissa.The monastery, whose current buildings… date from 1770, has a significant collection of icons and treasures. The church is located in the centre of the monastery. The frescoes of more than three centuries will impress you. The image of Christ and the Virgin Mary as painted by St. Luke the Evangelist is in the monastery and is covered by fabrics and silver.
A protection centre of Byzantine and post-Byzantine icons and other such treasures, functioned within the monastery and recently an Ecclesiastical Treasury was built. In front of the main entrance of the monastery there is a café-restaurant with a magnificent panoramic view.
On August 15 each year an impressive religious ceremony and celebration takes place. The old winery which you can visit on the inside of the monastery, produces, from its own vineyards, some of the best vintage wines of Cyprus.