Ioannis Lampadistis (John Lampadistis Monastery)

Trip Start Mar 03, 2010
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Trip End Feb 06, 2011


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Flag of Cyprus  , Nicosia,
Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Nine painted Byzantine churches, all in the Troodos Mountains, are on UNESO's World Heritage List. Their steep-pitched tile roofs have sheltered frescoes at once ascetic from unwanted intrusions for centuries.



The Church and Monastery of Agios Ioannis Lampadistis, (Saint John Lampadistis) is one of the 9 painted Byzantine churches found in the Troodos Mountains and it is on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.  

It contains excellent frescoes, treasures of Byzantine art of the 13th and 15th century.



I leave behind my friend Agni at the Museum talking with one of the monks of the monastery and I come to the church. There are some visitors both from Russia and some Arab countries.

The church superior is busy showing them around and he gives me the picture of a desperate man who is in a hurry to finish what he is doing.



Taking photos are not permitted in the church and he is very strict to this.

To be honest, with his manners he makes me leave a few minutes later.

Because of this, I tried to find a thread on the net with the history of this church so people who follow me can get all the details they want.



This is the thread where one can find everything!

http://www.mcw.gov.cy/mcw/da/da.nsf/All/B842781146DBC6A9C225719900320552?OpenDocument

I follow the passage opposite the Monastery that goes down the spring where the holy water spurs out from some rocks.  It is slippery I know but it is so beautiful that I cannot leave without at least trying to get to it.  The autumn leaves make the passage more slippery but I am careful not to slip and fall off the cliff. The gurgling of the water in the river and the luxuriant vegetation make me want to stay longer down here but I have to return because I am sure Agni is looking for me.



On the way up I find my friend waiting for me.

We take the way back home.  I have to leave today and I am telling my friend that the reason for this is the importance of the internet connection in the house. If it had not been for that I would have liked to spend one or two days more up here. Agni tells me that it is their priority and she assures me that the next time I come to visit them this matter will be solved.



I have to pack, and after lunch we are driving back to Nicosia.
My sister is picking me up and we are going to my home in Larnaca.
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venoth
venoth on

The Holy Water coming out of a rock, this pretty much reminds me of a church in Indonesia where the Holy Water comes out and runs through Mother Mary's feet and this is a naturally formed phenomenon. I guess the guy prohibiting you must have wanted to maintain the sanctity of the place, but perhaps his methods were not quite right. Despite, you have given us a good overview of the place Popi. Thank you.

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