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The hills around Troöditissa Monastery

I wanna go on a bit of a driving tour today because it is the only way I can get to the places I want to go. It is some remote villages around the mountain in central Cyprus which is famous for the frescoes on the wall of the churches. I have been to a somewhat similar place in Romania and that was really impressive so I got big expectations for the day.

 

But there is a tiny problem with this plan. The car has got a misplaced steering wheel at the passenger seat which means you gotta change gear with your left hand. This is a little bit of a problem because when you need to put your car into first you generally have to pull the gearstick towards you - this is not the case when you are sitting on the passenger seat having to change gears. If you pull the gearstick towards you - you will end up in fifth gear and it is a bit hard to start the car when you have put in fifth. There is sort of the same thing when it comes to hitting second and forth but this works somewhat better.

Troöditissa Monastery

 

Well of I go up to the mountains where there is some churches somewhere. But first I am going to find a couple of old Venetian bridges which were build so the Venetians could have caravans of camels carrying the produce of some cobber mines in the mountains down to the coast. These bridges are situated in small forest areas with a small stream running under them and they are pretty scenic.

 

Next up is a stop at the big Kykkos Monastery which is the most important religious building in all of Cyprus. It is placed up in the mountains but unfortunately it is sort of a bad weather day which means lots of low hanging clouds around to make fog over the monastery. There are lots of frescoes and mosaics on the walls with different scenes from the bible and there are also what appear to be saints of some later date. In the centre of the monastery is a big church where you unfortunately are not allowed to take pictures. But the churches are even more lavishly decorated than the rest of the buildings.

 

And then it is time to find those famous churches - I start looking and find one it is closed but there is a phone number - which do not answer. Great start on my trip around the churches - on to the next church after all there are ten to choose from - the holder of the key is supposedly hanging out in the local coffee joint - super just need to go there. Unfortunately the key holder has left for Lemosos for the day. Next church and wuhu it is possible to get into this one. But I must admit I am not overly impressed by this one or the next I go to. I try a last church but it is impossible to track down the key holder hence I give up and I have to start figuring out the way to Lefkosia.

Koralifix says:
What day! Quite entertaining story :)
Posted on: Jan 28, 2009
cvanzoen says:
Since I was on Cyprus myself last year it is very nice to read/see someone else's view on this country.
Posted on: Jan 20, 2009
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The hills around Troöditissa Mona…
The hills around Troöditissa Mon…
Troöditissa Monastery
Troöditissa Monastery
Troöditissa Monastery
Troöditissa Monastery
Troöditissa Monastery
Troöditissa Monastery
Troöditissa Monastery
Troöditissa Monastery
Troöditissa Monastery
Troöditissa Monastery
The gate to Troöditissa Monastery
The gate to Troöditissa Monastery
Trodos mountains
Trodos mountains
Trodos mountains
Trodos mountains
Trodos mountains
Trodos mountains
Trodos mountains
Trodos mountains
Elias Bridge
Elias Bridge
Elias Bridge
Elias Bridge
Elias Bridge
Elias Bridge
Elias Bridge
Elias Bridge
Kelefos Bridge
Kelefos Bridge
Kelefos Bridge
Kelefos Bridge
Kelefos Bridge
Kelefos Bridge
Kelefos Bridge
Kelefos Bridge
Kelefos Bridge
Kelefos Bridge
Kelefos Bridge
Kelefos Bridge
the river next to Kelefos Bridge
the river next to Kelefos Bridge
Entrances to Kykkos Monastery
Entrances to Kykkos Monastery
Entrances to Kykkos Monastery
Entrances to Kykkos Monastery
Entrances to Kykkos Monastery
Entrances to Kykkos Monastery
Entrances to Kykkos Monastery
Entrances to Kykkos Monastery
Entrances to Kykkos Monastery
Entrances to Kykkos Monastery
The courtyard at Kykkos Monastery
The courtyard at Kykkos Monastery
Frescoes at Kykkos Monastery
Frescoes at Kykkos Monastery
Frescoes at Kykkos Monastery
Frescoes at Kykkos Monastery
Frescoes at Kykkos Monastery
Frescoes at Kykkos Monastery
Frescoes at Kykkos Monastery
Frescoes at Kykkos Monastery
Frescoes at Kykkos Monastery
Frescoes at Kykkos Monastery
Frescoes at Kykkos Monastery
Frescoes at Kykkos Monastery
Frescoes at Kykkos Monastery
Frescoes at Kykkos Monastery
Kykkos Monastery
Kykkos Monastery
Frescoes at Kykkos Monastery
Frescoes at Kykkos Monastery
Frescoes at Kykkos Monastery
Frescoes at Kykkos Monastery
Frescoes at Kykkos Monastery
Frescoes at Kykkos Monastery
Frescoes at Kykkos Monastery
Frescoes at Kykkos Monastery
Frescoes at Kykkos Monastery
Frescoes at Kykkos Monastery
Frescoes at Kykkos Monastery
Frescoes at Kykkos Monastery
Frescoes at Kykkos Monastery
Frescoes at Kykkos Monastery
Frescoes at Kykkos Monastery
Frescoes at Kykkos Monastery
Courtyard at Kykkos
Courtyard at Kykkos
Frescoes at Kykkos Monastery
Frescoes at Kykkos Monastery
Frescoes at Kykkos Monastery
Frescoes at Kykkos Monastery
UN car - they are not all guarding…
UN car - they are not all guardin…
Small traditional Byzantine painte…
Small traditional Byzantine paint…
Kykkou Monastery
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