In central Cyprus, in the area of Lefkosia (Nicosia) are several nice churches, as well as older sites like Tamassos and Idalion. I spent a full day driving around the central parts of Cyprus. Here I saw some more remnants of Ancient Civilizations that I encountered during my travels.

All pictures are © Dr. Günther Eichhorn, unless otherwise noted.

Peristerona

Peristerona is a large village about 32 km (20 miles) west of the capital Nicosia, on the foothills of the Troodos Mountain range in the Morphou basin.

The Church of Agios Varnavas and Ilarionas (Saints Barnabas and Hilarion) has five domes on the roof arranged in the shape of a cross, a feature only seen on one other church in the island. It was built in the Byzantine period in the 10th century.

The Peristerona Mosque was constructed in the 19th century, during the Ottoman era. It was built on a square floor plan, with tinted windows and sculptured parts. It now stands empty.

Church Saints Barnabas
Church of Saints Barnabas and Hilarion. (790k)
Belfry Church Saints
Belfry of the church of Saints Barnabas and Hilarion. (869k)
Interior Church Saints
Interior of the church of Saints Barnabas and Hilarion. (720k)
Interior Church Saints
Interior of the church of Saints Barnabas and Hilarion. (903k)
Interior Church Saints
Interior of the church of Saints Barnabas and Hilarion. (1001k)
Close-up Altar
Close-up of the altar. (902k)
Interior Church Saints
Interior of the church of Saints Barnabas and Hilarion. (893k)
Paintings Church Saints
Paintings in the church of Saints Barnabas and Hilarion. (916k)
Paintings Church Saints
Paintings in the church of Saints Barnabas and Hilarion. (739k)
Paintings Church Saints
Paintings in the church of Saints Barnabas and Hilarion. (723k)
Paintings Church Saints
Paintings in the church of Saints Barnabas and Hilarion. (653k)
Remnants 16th Century
Remnants of 16th century wall paintings. (638k)
Mosque Peristerona
Mosque in Peristerona. (736k)

Panagia Chrysospiliotissa Church (Our Lady of the Golden Cave)

Panagia Chrysospiliotissa Church is a church in a natural cave high up a wall. It is located near Kato Deftera village, 11 km (7 miles) southwest of Lefkosia (Nicosia).

The complex is made up of three smaller caves and two corridors. One of the caves is the church. It is dedicated to the Lady of the Golden Cave. The church possibly dates back to the early Christian period. This type of church is rare in Cyprus but common in the Near East. Sadly the decorated walls of the cave have suffered great damage and the frescoes are no longer visible.

Panagia Chrysospiliotissa Church
Panagia Chrysospiliotissa Church. (868k)
Painting Stair Case
Painting on the stair case that goes up to the caves. (583k)
Interior Panagia Chrysospiliotissa
Interior of the Panagia Chrysospiliotissa Church. (979k)
Interior Panagia Chrysospiliotissa
Interior of the Panagia Chrysospiliotissa Church. (768k)
Painting Panagia Chrysospiliotissa
Painting in the Panagia Chrysospiliotissa Church. (906k)
Painting Panagia Chrysospiliotissa
Painting in the Panagia Chrysospiliotissa Church. (896k)

Lefkosia (Nicosia)

The Archaggelou Michael (Archangel Michael) Church dates back to the Byzantine period and was founded by Archbishop Nikiforos, whose tomb can be seen in the narthex of the church. It was rebuilt in 1636 and was ceded to Kykkos Monastery in 1713.

Agiou Nikolaou Church
Agiou Nikolaou Church. (648k)
Archaggelou Michael Church
Archaggelou Michael Church. (799k)
Belfry Archaggelou Michael
Belfry of Archaggelou Michael Church. (875k)

Tamassos

From the Wikipedia entry for Tamassos

Tamassos was a city-kingdom in Cyprus. It was situated in the great central plain of the island, south-east of Soli, on the road from Soli to Tremithus. It is an archaeological site bordering the village of Politiko, about 21 km (13 miles) southwest of Nicosia.

An Assyrian inscription from ca. 673 BCE (Prism of Esarhaddon) refers to it as Tamesi, described as a city-state which paid tribute to the Neo-Assyrian Empire. As there were copper mines in the neighborhood, it is very probably the Temese mentioned by Homer (Odyssey, I, 184), which was in his time the principal copper market of the island.

Tamassos was a worship site for the Cypriot Aphrodite, till at least the 1st century CE.

Tamassos
Tamassos. (973k)
Building Remnants Tamassos
Building remnants of Tamassos. (1080k)
Building Remnants Tamassos
Building remnants of Tamassos. (1225k)
Stone Artifacts Tamassos
Stone artifacts from Tamassos. (665k)
Entrance Underground Tombs
Entrance to one of the underground tombs. (600k)
Sarcophagus Underground Tombs
Sarcophagus in one of the underground tombs. (575k)
Entrance Underground Tombs
Entrance to one of the underground tombs. (672k)
Entrance Underground Tombs
Entrance to one of the underground tombs. (611k)
Sarcophagus Underground Tombs
Sarcophagus in one of the underground tombs. (602k)

Ancient Idalion

Idalion was one of the oldest city-states in Cyprus, dating back to the 3rd millennium BCE. According to legend it was founded by King Chalcanor, a Trojan War hero.

See also the Wikipedia entry for Idalion

View Over Excavated
View over the excavated area of Idalion. (791k)
Building Walls Idalion
Building walls in Idalion. (746k)
Wall Idalion
Wall in Idalion. (794k)
Areas Jumble Stones
Some areas are just a jumble of stones. (742k)
Stone Artifacts Idalion
Stone artifacts in Idalion. (666k)

Miscellaneous

Small Church
Small church. (749k)
Theotokos Monastery
Theotokos Monastery. (756k)
Ecclesia Timiou Stavrou
Ecclesia Timiou Stavrou in Agia Varvara. (870k)
Ecclesia Timiou Stavrou
Ecclesia Timiou Stavrou. (667k)
Church Agio Apostolos
Church of Agio Apostolos (Holy Apostles) in Pera Chorio. (952k)

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