Friday’s Fact About: Ayios Neofytos Monastery – a Mountain carved Monastery

Ayios Neofytos Monastery

Ayios Neofytos (Saint Neophytos) Monastery is located 10km north-west of Paphos, near Tala village, at the head of a picturesque valley.  The original part of the Monastery, known as the ‘Egkleistra’, is an enclosure which was carved out of the mountain by the founder of the Monastery, Neofytos, who was a Cypriot hermit and writer who was later ordained as a priest.

Neofytos founded the Monastery in 1159, where he lived until he died – aged 85 – in 1219.  The main church of the Monastery was built around 200 years after his death and is dedicated to the Virgin Mary.

The Egkleistra is an interesting place for visitors; it contains some of the finest Byzantine frescoes dating from the 12th to 15th century, as well as Neofytos’ rock-table, stone platform (on which he slept) and his grave which are preserved here.

BYZANTINE PERIODThe later monastery church contains some of the best examples of post – Byzantine icons of the 16th century, which are of exceptional artistic quality and you can also visit the museum of the monastery which is home to exhibits from both the ancient period and Byzantine period.

 

The history of the Monastery of Agios Neofytos is well documented in Neofytos’ autobiography, and you can also read a little about his life via Wikipedia HERE.

 

Open Daily all year round:

April – October: Monday – Sunday: 09:00 – 13:00, 14:00 – 18:00, November – March: Monday – Sunday: 09:00 – 13:00, 14:00 – 16:00

Entrance Fee: 1 Euro (for the Museum and the Encleistra)

Tel: +357 26 652 481

Googlemap of the Monastery: HERE

 

 

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