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Apostolos Andreas Monastery, Dipkarpaz

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Apostolos Andreas Monastery is a monastery situated just south of Cape Apostolos Andreas, the north-easternmost point of the island of Cyprus, in Rizokarpaso in the Karpass Peninsula. The monastery is dedicated to Saint Andrew and is an important site for the Cypriot Orthodox Church. It was once known as 'the Lourdes of Cyprus', served not by an organized community of monks but by a changing group of volunteer priests and laymen. Both Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities consider the monastery a holy place. As such it is visited by many people for votive prayers. The contents of the monastery are also noteworthy.HistoryThe traditional story of the monastery's founding says that, during a journey to the Holy Land, the ship transporting Saint Andrew went off course and struck rocks here. On coming ashore, Andrew hit the rocks with his staff, at which point a spring gushed forth. The waters proved to have healing powers and restored the sight of the ship's captain who had been blind in one eye. Thereafter, the site became a place of pilgrimage. A fortified monastery stood here in the 12th century, from which Isaac Comnenus negotiated his surrender to Richard the Lionheart. In the 15th century, a small chapel was built close to the shore. The church of the main monastery dates to the 18th century, while the main buildings are 100 years later.
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  • Monastery located at the most extreme of the island, partly restored in recent times, very impressive even his position
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  • There is a nice view from the monastery, which, however, apart from the Church-do not have access to, since it is inhabited. You can move on the exterior swallow time around the building with monks cells. According to a legend POPs there a Holy well on the beach. You have access to the water from the source via a water faucet in the wall. The Abbey Church is pretty basic. Opposite the monastery is a wide variety of souvenir stalls. Everywhere outside goes wild donkeys, who live in the area. The local salesman "donkey green", so you can feed them. Beware: never Go behind a donkey!
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  • The monastery is currently under restoration and can therefore not fully be visited. The younger part of the monastery is open to visit. The monastery is also a pilgrimage site and currently are the old and dilapidated Pilgrim hostels yet and blighting the landscape. These are demolished but and a small part is being renovated. In addition, several hundred trees will be planted. In a few years the visit may be worth even more! Because the monastery is located on the northern tip of Cyprus, worth the visit because of the views and wild donkeys, which feed here of tourists leave. Take always some carrots or apples.
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  • Undergoing restoration. It looks like they really doing a great job!
  • Very nice place before restoration and still beatiful place and protected good by turkish people.
  • Great site
  • Loved this place and the donkeys were so friendly, this is a must place to visit if your staying in North Cyprus, shhh don't tell every one haha
  • Superb