November 19th, 2009 – by: delsol67
View of the valley and Omodos from the surrounding mountains
I knew I was near my first planned stop, of Omodos, and kept a watchful eye as I rounded every corner. Then I saw it, nestled in the valley. I stopped for a dramatic shot before descending into the village.
Omodos is known for its handicrafts, specific lace designs, especially. Elaborate on thisXXX. I found a place to park and started my walk of the town. I spotted a really cool old green bus in fantastic condition. I reached the center of town where every bit of space between the builidings was being used to showcase their goods. It was like a lace market. There were also homemade foods and wine for sale.
I wanted to check out the church, first.
The Timiou Stavrou Monastery (Holy Cross Monastery) was built in 1150. It was altered in the 19th century to have it present shape. There are timber roofed monastic buildings surrounding the three hall basilica. It has a carved wood Iconostasis that was created in 1813 that is in fantastic condition. The really big deal with this special place is the St. Helena, mother of Constantine, left a piece of the rope that was used to tie Christ to the cross.
The cross that houses the pieces of the "True Cross" that Jesus was cucified on.
Home handicraft flourishes in Omodos. The village's women, apart from the plentiful and hard work that they offer next to their husbands for the cultivation of the earth, are also occupied with handmade embroideries.
Omodos has a musuem dedicated to Cypriot lace.
There were many wonderful examples showing the history of lace in the region. In Cyprus, lace had not been the object of particular interest on the part of researchers. Foreign researchers not only ignored Greek lace but all Mediterranean laces. They also ignored important words that define the objects that are of our interest, as well as the way and the era that is witnessed through them. The exception is the Byzantine origins of lace and the fact that it was carried to the west by the crusaders. Foreign researchers believe that lace took the first steps in Venice around the end of the 15th century and during the middle of the 16th century it passed to France and from there to neighboring countries.
Intricate lace of Omodos
Leaving Omodos, I continue north through the main part of the Troodos. With every turn I would get new breathtaking views of shady valley and many with little churches or monasteries on lofty peaks, in sight. It was magical.