Painted Churches in the Troodos Region (1985, 2001)

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This region is characterized by one of the largest groups of churches and monasteries of the former Byzantine Empire. The complex of 10 monuments included on the World Heritage List, all richly decorated with murals, provides an overview of Byzantine and post-Byzantine painting in Cyprus. They range from small churches whose rural architectural style is in stark contrast to their highly refined decoration, to monasteries such as that of St John Lampadistis. 

Cyprus 1987. Troodos. St. Mary's Church, Asinou

St. Mary's Church, 
Asinou (11th century)

Cyprus 1987. Troodos. Fresco in St.. Mary Church, Motoulla.

Fresco in St. Mary's Church, 
Motoulla (13th century)

Cyprus 1987. Troodos. St. Mary Church, Podithou.

St. Mary's Church, Podithou 
(15th century)

Cyprus 1987. Troodos. Fresco, St. John Monastery, Lampadisti.

Fresco, St. John Monastery, Lampadisti (11th century)

Cyprus 1987. Troodos. Fresco, Holy Cross Church, Pelentri.

Fresco, Holy Cross Church, 
Pelentri (13th century)

Cyprus 1987. Troodos. Fresco, Holy Cross Church, Ayismati.

Fresco, Holy Cross Church,
Ayismati (15th century)

Cyprus 1987. Troodos. Fresco, St. Michal's Church, Pedoula.

Fresco, St. Michael's Church,
Pedoula (1474)

Cyprus 1987. Troodos. St. Nicholas Church, Steyis.

St. Nicholas Church,
Steyis (11th century)

Cyprus 1987. Fresco, St. Mary's Church, Arakas.

Fresco, St. Mary's Church,
Arakas (1192)

The impressive Troodos mountain range stretches across most of the western side of Cyprus, offering cool sanctuary and idyllic hours spent in long walks in its scented pine forests in summer and winter sports and skiing in winter. The area has been known since ancient times for its mines, and in the Byzantine period it became a great centre of Byzantine art, as churches and monasteries were built in the mountains, away from the threatened coastline.

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Other World Heritage Sites in Cyprus (on this site). Inactive links are not described on postage stamps. Please refer to the UNESCO-listing, Cyprus-section, for further information on such properties. 

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