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Agios Neofytos Ecclesiastical Monastery and Museum

Paphos - Religious Tourism

At Monastery and museum of Saint Neophytos visitors can see Icons, manuscripts, holy utensils, old books, ecclesiastical garments, various religious objects, jewellery, a collection of ancient Cypriot pottery and old maps

The monastery of Ayios Neophytos, located 10 kilometers northeast of Paphos, close to Tala village at an altitude of 400 meters, including the monastery and built within 100 meters of natural caves in which monk founder of the monastery of St. Neophytos and the first monks. The east wing of the monastery has a museum of ecclesiastical treasures.

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Saint Neophytos was born in 1134 in Lefkara and received the monastic tonsure at the monastery of St. Chrysostom's Koutsouventi at a young age. Having made a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, decided to follow the ascetic life and after many adventures reached the rock of the exercise.


In September 1159, the saint began carving the original cave. Enlarge the natural opening, removed the dangerous parts of it, he dug inside a tomb and carved altar. This work was completed in September 1160, and since the cave was the "Enkleistra" Saint, ie the place where the inmate lived. The incarceration was suspended in 1165, when the saint left looking for a piece of the Holy Cross. Already in 1170 he had a reputation as a hermit, and the bishop of Paphos Kinnamos Basil ordained him priest and persuaded him to accept a student. However, the first disciple others followed, and around the commune Enkleistra formed which took the form of Laura, with abbot Neophytos.

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In late 1170 or early 1171 began widening and the painting of the original cave, which is the cell Neophytou and the altar. The painting took place gradually as the 1182 / 3 by the painter Theodoros Apsevdis. In cell Neophytou dominates the image of Prayer, and the saint portrayed himself at the feet of Christ. Displayed again in the sanctuary were raised to two praying angels in heaven. It is considered that the work of Theodore Apsevdis associated with artistic aesthetic developments in Costantinoupolis in the late 12th century.

After the death of St. Neophytos (ca. 1214), adopted in coenobitic.
Renovated in 1503 the frescoes in the temple of Enkleistra.

The history of the monastery of Ayios Neophytos well documented in his autobiography of the founder of the Cypriot hermit and writer St. Neophytos.
The later monastery church contains some of the best examples of post-Byzantine icons of the 16th century and there's a very interesting ecclesiastical museum.

Openning Hours:
April - October: Monday - Sunday: 09:00 - 13:00, 14:00 to 18:00,
November - March: Monday - Sunday: 09:00 - 13:00, 14:00 - 16: 00
Period: All year
Entrance Fee: Euro 1 (for the Museum and Enkleistra)

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