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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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  • This sanctuary is located on the extreme - really - country tip of the island, a chapel from the 15th century with accommodation buildings, that "Builder of the Church of St. of Andrew, born on September 10, 1827, died on July 4, 1902" is target of pilgrims Legion since 1865/67 by Papa Ioannis, according to Memorial. The restoration work initiated in 2000-lost itself in the eyes of local - disappointed. The chapel has been reported by the Guide: the Gothic chapel was built under the reign of the "Frankish" leaders on Cyprus, the Royal House of Lusignan. A, as is known, "Frankish nobleman" should have donated to the small church. His name is not known. So first of all, she was a Catholic House of worship. As Orthodox 'Monastery' or better: sanctuary of the system only under Ottoman rule took shape on. The Chapel is located three meters below the new Church. Stones roughly added to Gothic pointed arches form the additions to its West and South sides. In the middle of the room, a central arch support (such as once in the Chapter House of the Abbey of Bellapais) carries the four cross vaults spanning the space. If you expect spectacular, can save the way; who wants to trace the history, can stop here...
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  • During our visit, the monastery was renovated just so that we don't have. The Provost has received a room with the icons etc can be viewed, but which has unfortunately no charm. Around the monastery, there are many stalls with souvenir sellers and behind the monastery you can tap "healing" waters. The views of the coastline is quite nice. The wild donkey, you can feed the apples and bread here with carrots, or must are the real attraction, they are very intrusive. You should have not just afraid of donkeys.
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  • A majestic monastery in one of the most remote places of Cyprus, ongoing work prevent guided, fenced yard's surroundings were transformed into a rubbish heap of glasses, plastic pieces and fragments of bricks, what you see at the construction site suggests more a reconstruction for a restoration. Market stalls in pitiful condition, offering poor quality souvenirs, complete a picture which at the moment is not encouraging.
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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
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