Painted Churches & Monasteries
The Troodos mountain region of Cyprus contains one of the largest groups of churches and monasteries of the former Byzantine Empire. The ten monuments included on the World Heritage List, all richly decorated with murals, provide an overview of Byzantine and post-Byzantine painting in Cyprus and bear testimony to the variety of artistic influences affecting Cyprus over a period of 500 years.
The structures display elements that were specific to Cyprus and were determined by its geography, history and climate, including steep-pitched wooden roofs with flat hooked tiles, in some cases providing a second roof over Byzantine masonry domes and vaulted forms, while exhibiting Byzantine metropolitan art of the highest quality. The architecture of these churches is unique, confined to the Troodos range and almost certainly of indigenous origin. 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.
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More Painted Churches & Monasteries
Alongside these gems there are many other beautiful churches and monasteries in the Troodos area. Dhoros alone has three monasteries in close proximity and has two churches of her own with unique and ancient icons. (images below from Dhoros' old church)
One of the main views from The Mill's balconies is the newly restored monastery of Ayios Michael, one of the most tranquil places I have ever had the honour to visit.