Cyprus: Saint Neophytos Monastery
This is the last post from Cyprus. Tomorrow morning we are flying to Malta. What we saw today was very interesting.
It is a monastery carved in the rock. What we can visit there is a church carved in rock and covered with frescoes,
Saint Neophytos monastery lies 10 km outside Pafos, near Tala village. Saint Neophytos was the founder of the monastery in 1159. He lived there and died in 1219 at the age of 85.
Here is St Neophytos, the picture was taken from Google Images:
Interesting places for the visitor are the cave with the cell of Saint Neophytos (Enkleistra). The Enkleistra, an enclosure carved out of the mountain by the hermit, contains some of the finest Byzantine frescoes dating from the 12th to the 15th century. His rock-table and the stone platform on which he slept are still preserved in his cell, as is his grave. According to legend, this grave is adjusted so that it comes to measures whoever tries it.
A famous painter, Theodoros Apsevdis, undertook to paint the frescoes in the Enkleistra. You can also see Byzantine icons of exceptional artistic quality in the main church of the monastery and also visit the museum of the monastery, which has exhibits from both the ancient period and Byzantine period.
The main church of the monastery was built around 200 years after his death and is dedicated to the Virgin Mary.
The two angels are taking St Neophytos to heaven.