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Nicosia, Cyprus

MACHAIRAS MONASTERY

One of the oldest and most important monasteries in Cyprus. Every year on 15 August and on 8 September a large religious fair is held here. It was founded by two monks in 1148, when a miraculous icon of the Virgin Mary was found in a nearby cave. During Ottoman rule it was an educational centre, as were the other monasteries of Cyprus. This is the cloister monastery of Archbishop Kyprianos, who was executed by the Turks together with hundreds of other clerics and laymen 9 July 1821. The brotherhood follows equally strict rules here as the brotherhood at Mount Athos in Greece.

 

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