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The Painted Churches in the Troodos Region refers to nine Byzantine churches and one monastery in the Troodos Mountains of Cyprus.

The nine Byzantine churches are Stavros tou Ayiasmati, Panayia tou Araka, Timiou Stavrou at Pelendri, Ayios Nikolaos tis Stegis, Panayia Podithou, Assinou, Ayios loannis Lampadistis, Panayia tou Moutoula and Archangel Michael at Pedhoulas. Also included is Kykkos monastery. Together, they represent the largest group of churches and monasteries of the former Byzantine Empire. The paintings and art within these religious buildings provide modern visitors a glimpse into the artform during the Byzantine and post-Byzantine periods.

The Painted Churches in the Troodos Region was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site during the 9th session of the World Heritage Committee held in Paris, France, on 2-6 December, 1985.

In 2002 Cyprus also submitted the Church of Ayios Sozomenos in Galata, the Church of Ayios Mamas in Louvaras and the Church of Panayia Chrysokourdaliotissa in Kourdali as extensions to the inscribed Painted Churches. These later submissions are presently on the World Heritage Tentative List.

Photos of Painted Churches in the Troodos Region

Kykkos Monastery, Troodos region, Cyprus
Kykkos Monastery, Troodos region, Cyprus
Author: Olavfin (public domain)

Kykkos Monastery, Troodos region, Cyprus
Kykkos Monastery, Troodos region, Cyprus
Author: Olavfin (public domain)

World Heritage Site Inscription Details

Location: N 34 55 13 E 33 5 45 in the Troodos Region, District of Nicosia and Limassol, Cyprus
Inscription Year: 1985
Type of Site: Cultural
Inscription Criteria: II, III, IV

Location Map of Painted Churches in the Troodos Region


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Visiting Painted Churches in the Troodos Region

The Troodos Region is located on the west of Cyprus. Public transportation in Cyprus is not a convenient option, so you might want to hire a car, despite it being the most expensive option.


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