Ayia Napa Monastery is a Must-See place when you are in Ayia Napa surroundings. You will find historical ruins of ancient Monastery here, also the Cave Church – the place where the Miraculous Icon of Mother of God was found. Near the Monastery there is comparingly new church (Church of Ayia Napa (Panagia) – Virgin) – where the Miraculous Icon resides. It is believed that Icon helps people, especially those who want to find the companion of life and who want to have children. Outside the Monastery there is another attraction of Ayia Napa – the Sycamore tree. It is very nice gesture that entrance is free which is very uncommon practice comparing to many other European cities.
No one knows exactly when the Monastery was built. The cave, the hiding place and the well, testifies to the presence of a Christian community there during the Byzantine years (11th century). The first part of the temple was built during the Frankish period (13th – 14th century), while the rest of the Monastery was completed in the 15th century. As the Monastery stands today it is widely accepted that is a construction of the 15th century, a time during which Cyprus was under the Venetian regime. The monastery is held as the most prominent landmark in the heart of Ayia Napa. It is accessible to everyone who desires to study it, or light a candle for a loved one, and is located in the central square, about 2km away from the harbour.
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