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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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  • This monastery was founded in the 12th Century by monk Neophytos and you can see where he lived in caves carved into the hill. There is an interesting church, and a small museum with various religious...  more »
  • We visited the monastery in the tour on the road in Paphos, our Guide introduced us personality and deeds of Saint Neophyte. The Saint was a true Cypriot, he was born in the famous now its crafts village of Lefkara. After several adventures on the way to the monastic life and zatvornichestvu, which so wanted his soul, Neophyte founded the monastery in the mountains near Paphos. In the monastery you can see its cells, carved directly in more than 60 years of rock Holy spent in prayers, reading, and writing books, becoming in fact one of the first Cypriot writers, as he wrote in the local dialect, rather than the literary Greek. They left extensive literary heritage. Be sure to read the biography of a Saint before here. I brought home a small icon of Saint Neophyte, prayer to it inspires me to work. The territory of the monastery itself is very nice, it is full of exotic plants, all for us a wonderful smell, and exudes grace and peace.
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  • Visited monastery late enough. It has already been presented and cells were closed, but a stroll through the territory, visit the temple failed. The atmosphere is very nice, although I'm far from being a religious person. Energy, views of Paphos, beautiful architecture and history of the place is fascinating. By the evening it was very cool.
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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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