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Ayios Neophytos Monastery, Paphos

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Religious Site Tourist Spot
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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  • It is difficult to compare and evaluate such monasteries as, for example, Kikkskij and Neofitovskij. They are completely different, there's colorful murals on the walls, but this in no way detracts from the merits of the monastery of Saint Neophyte Recluse. Here his spirit, zest, its history-history of the Mosteiro feat monk, who not only transformed the cave into a cave monastery, and even left a rich literary heritage, written not by the Church, and the spoken Greek language. In the cell the neophyte frescoes painted during his lifetime, admission is charged. In the main temple of the monastery of the 16th century in honor of the Blessed Virgin on the vaults also feature frescoes, as well as the silver reliquary with cancer is a neophyte. The monastery also has a small museum. There are also the source of holy water. Reach the monastery of Pathos can be on bus No. 604. Near the monastery there are toilets, cafes, shopping arcade with souvenirs.
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  • Well worth the trip it is a very tranquil place and the cave part of the monastery is lovely. We travelled by car, there is plenty of parking but beware of the locals asking for lifts back to Paphos.  more »
  • The monastery is a beautiful site, it is very well kept and maintained. Unfortunately still a paid Church where it is forbidden to take pictures
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  • Well worth a visit very nice well kept place lots of interesting things to view church is breath taking, plenty of shade to sit and admire the views, very nice cafe and clean toilets
  • One of the few big monasteries in Cyprus. A great place to visit. A peaceful place where harmony is everywhere. Also see the place (inside the rock) where Saint Neophytos lived. Do miss to visit the museum too.
  • Quiet place. Beautiful surrondings. Parking is easy.
  • Fantastic place to visit, we came here as part of a brilliant cultural tour that you can book very cheaply at the bus station in Paphos (€23 when we came). Very historic, good value (only €2 entrance) and a very peaceful & beautiful location.
  • Combine magnificent views of Cyprus forests and mountains with an enlightening experience of one the most beautiful Christian monasteries that includes a beautiful small church and a museum.

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A vacation favorite, Paphos is equipped with a wide range of accommodations to cater to its scores of visitors. Beachside hotels are plentiful, with many located in the bustling Kato Pafos neighborhood. Bed and breakfasts tend be farther from the sea but offer heaps of character as well as good value for money. If you're planning a longer stay in the city, consider renting a villa. These vary considerably in amenities and price, with many of the larger properties located in Paphos' scenic outskirts.
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