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Panagia tou Kykkou

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At the top of a mountain 1318 m high, in the northwest of Troodos, stands the famous Holy Monastery of the Virgin of Kykkos (Panagia tou Kykkou). Kykkos Monastery was founded in AD 1100 by the Byzantine emperor Alexios I Komnenos (1081 - 1118) and is dedicated to the Virgin Mary. It houses one of the three surviving icons painted by the Apostle Luke. The icon, which is covered in silver gilt and enclosed in a shrine of tortoise shell and mother-of-pearl, holds an eminent position in the church and in 1997 miraculously wept for a month. There is also an impressive museum within the Monastery grounds housing a collection of icons, woodcarvings and manuscripts.

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Panagia tou Kykkou Kykkos, Troodos
1304 Cyprus, Cyprus

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