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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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  • 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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  • This is the second year that renovations have been underway as it is a major rebuild and renovation of the beautiful church. It will be well worth a visit when it is completed. The tourist stalls of n...  read more »
  • Impressive looking but closed for the last 2 years for repairs so difficult to judge. No boards explaining what little you can see. Advise only go once the repairs are completed. 
  • The sad thing is to see some Turkish ignorant people who doesn't respect other religion's! They do the same things like a nazist in germany! The best example is cyprus and Constantinopolys occupied and destroyed! Allah will judge you for your unhuman Acts! Long Life and Freedom for Greece and Cyprus! With love from Italy!
  • 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
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