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Ayios Neophytos Monastery, Paphos

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Tucked up into a mountain, Ayios Neophytos Monastery features frescoes, icons, and exhibits of religious items, like manuscripts, priestly garments, books, pottery, and maps. Founded by Cypriot monk and writer Neophytos in 1159, the monastery also includes a church built 200 years later that was dedicated to Virgin Mary. See the cave with Neophytos's cell, his rock-table, stone bed, and his grave. Don't miss  the enclosure that he carved into the mountain, which contains Byzantine frescoes dating back to the 12th century. Using our world travel planner, Paphos attractions like Ayios Neophytos Monastery can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • During my trip I inserted a stop here. The monastery is located very far from and not not reach car/bus. Beautiful monastery with church. Hardly visited (at least when I was there). the ancient church or church spaces are very low (watch head). If you're in the area you should consider it.
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  • Visited this Monastery whilst visiting Cyprus and was very interested in the history of this place , and about the monks at the monastery.  more »
  • The breathtaking scenery leads to an historic monastery. Wonderfully peaceful spiritual place with exceptional ancient icons, a small museum, gardens to walk around and seating for the tired traveller...  more »
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  • one of the best-known monasteries in Cyprus. It was founded by monk Neophytos in the 12th century.Saint Neophytos was the founder of the monastery in 1159. He lived there and died in 1219 at the age of 85. The main church of the monastery was built around 200 years after his death and is dedicated to the Virgin Mary. 
  • Beautiful peaceful place with stunning views, the cafe by the monastery is our favorite place in summer, shaded with beautiful trees and serving delicious cakes, coffee and simple snacks. Must see.
  • Beautiful working monastery. Good museum Privately run cafe with some small tourist shops. Stunning views
  • Categorically recommend go to the monastery with an excursion and not its course and toward evening. You can go by public bus from the station of Caravel. If you leave with Kato Paphos, the friendly staff of the station will tell on what coaches like to go. In the evening, when the tour buses have gone, there are very few people, quietly, calmly, you can see the monks in a calm atmosphere, without fuss. The air in the monastery is impregnated with Rosemary and olives. Golden light before sunset, so grab your cameras, this little Sun where you can catch.
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  • Worth to visit for the sake of exploring cells, vyrublennnyh (according to legend Neophyte himself) in the rock. Entrance fee EUR 2 or on a ticket from the Museum, but for free. In cells ancient frescoes, altar, etc. Before entering the big parking and dining.
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