Church of Profitis Elias, Protaras

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#1 of 19 in Historic Sites in Famagusta District
With a typical orthodox interior that features biblical images on walls and ceilings, Church of Profitis Elias stands above towns and valleys overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. You'll need to climb some 150 stairs to reach this small stone church with one dome and a bell tower, built in Byzantine style. Visitors often tie a piece of cloth or a ribbon to a nearby tree, signifying a remembrance of a loved one. At the top, you'll be 100 m (330 ft) above area surroundings with expansive views of the bay bellow. Be sure to take water with you, as the climb can be tiring. Arrange your visit to Church of Profitis Elias and discover more family-friendly attractions in Protaras using our Protaras vacation generator.
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  • August 17, 2017
    I don't believe in any religion and didn't go here for religious reasons. I wondered what was so special about this church as there were many like it. Be warned there are many steps so it may be hard ...  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    Cute place to visit, lovely artwork covering full inside to take in. Cover shoulders and no shorts, no one was there to check, but out of respect it asks you to  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    right near our hotel, and was a nice walk up to the Church, it is beautiful and the views were stunning  more »
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  • June 6, 2017
    What a lovely church. Only takes a few minutes to climb the steps but well worth it as the views are amazing. There's plenty of shade under trees and a little shack that sells souvenirs and cold drinks to be found! Worth the visit!
  • June 23, 2017
    Quite a few steps needed to get up to the church (not demanding). Church is small but nice, view is nice around.
  • April 29, 2017
    11th JULY 2016 - The best moment of my life, i asked my beautiful girlfriend to marry me and she said yes!!!! Such a happy day and amazing holiday!!! This church is beautiful, we watched the sunset then in front of the arched doors i got down on one knee (to take a photo of Natalie) i then put the camera away and took out the ring, i asked and she said yes! it was such a romantic setting and perfect moment. People who saw cheered and clapped. The view is amazing and very close to the town and two good hotels, the Mandalena hotel and the artemis hotel appartments.
  • March 16, 2017
    A relatively sedate walk up quite a few steps to this tiny little gem of a Church. A beautiful building commanding spectacular views of the Protaras coastline.
  • March 5, 2017
    Very nice view, this church is situated in the hill above the village.

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Although a compact city, Protaras offers a wide range of hotels. Luxury hotels tend to be close to the picturesque beaches and offer their own restaurants, bars, and swimming pools. Holiday rentals offer a more economical option and are plentiful here. However, those interested in a large villas may have to compromise on location, as these can be a considerable distance from the seaside and the resort's most popular attractions. But when your accommodations is equipped with a kitchen, pool, and hot tub, you may have little reason to leave the property.
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