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Apostolos Andreas Monastery

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Apostolos Andreas Monastery has been called the ‘Lourdes of Cyprus’. It’s a monastery and a pilgrimage site, and looks the part, a pale stone building with a beautiful view to sea, set in a huge plaza surrounded by lodges for the pilgrims and pilgrims waiting for their change to enter. Beyond the monastery walls is the church, then the chapel, and all centred around an ancient wharf - the spot where St. Andrew landed on Cyprus - and the sacred spring brought up from the earth under his feet which cured the blindness of his ship’s captain.

The monastery you’ll see today is a refurbishment, and the oldest part of the complex is the chapel, which was built in the 15th Century, and the wharf and spring of course, but there’s been a fortified monastery on this spot since at least the 11th Century. It didn’t become this popular with pilgrims until later; in the 19th Century it lay, lacking interest, until St. Andrew visited the dreams of a mother whose son had gone missing 17 years earlier and told her she’d find him at the monastery – it turned out that she found him on the boat travelling to the monastery, but it was a miracle nonetheless.

There are no monks in this monastery, it’s looked after by devout Cypriot orthodox volunteers. On the tip of the island, the photos of this monastery make it look like one of the most appealing on Cyprus. Easier to get to than those tucked away in the mountains.

Written by  World Reviewer Staff.

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