THEOLOGY


Cyprus, island of Saints
“… Cyprus was among the first countries that Christianity reached, in the year 45 AD, through the missionary work of Apostle Paul and–especially–Apostle Barnabas, a Cypriot by birth and founder of the Church of Cyprus. Virtually all communities throughout the island abandoned pagan practices with remarkable rapidity, thus giving Cyprus the distinction of converting to Christianity first among the greek-speaking provinces. As early as the fourth century the organization of the Christian Church of Cyprus was so advanced that it employed thirteen bishops. The eagerness with which the native population embraced the new religion in the first centuries AD is further attested to by the construction of numerous christian temples throughout the land…”
(Excerpt from a study by Archbishop Makarios III entitled, “Cyprus, The Holy Island)

Saint Paul’s Journey through Cyprus
We trace the steps of the Apostle Paul, who reached Cyprus’ shores in 45 AD and travelled the length and breadth of the island preaching the Gospel. He was flanked by fellow Apostles Mark and Barnabas–the founder of the Church of Cyprus. In Paphos, Paul succeeded in proselytizing the Roman Proconsul Paulus Sergius, a catalytic event in the process of the island’s christianization and a watershed moment in the history of christianity as a whole.

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Paleochristian and Byzantine Cyprus
“Cyprus has produced many Saints, hence the name, ‘Holy Island’. Its countless churches and monasteries, also, are a testament to the deep piety of its inhabitants: put together the number of both old and modern constructions exceeds five thousand, five hundred of which still preserve their original Byzantine frescoes, an invaluable part of the Cypriot hagiographical record…”
(Excerpt from a study by Archbishop Makarios III entitled, “Cyprus, The Holy Island)
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Ten UNESCO World Heritage Site Churches in the Troodos Mountain Range
Some of the most historically significant examples of Byzantine painting are housed in churches spread throughout the centrally located Troodos mountain range. These are the carefully preserved frescoes that adorn the church walls, brilliantly crafted in the various styles of byzantine and post-byzantine monumental art and spanning a period between the eleventh and nineteenth centuries.

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Monasteries and Churches of Limassol.
A program of visits to churches and monasteries dating from the twelfth century that have been conferred UNESCO status. The tour also takes visitors through wineries along the Limassol wine route, oil mills and traditional workshops. The picturesque villages hidden in the mountain forests and lined with cobblestoned paths and sporting a unique architectural style are a special treat for country-living enthusiasts.

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