Byzantine architecture:

 

 

Antifonitis Church

 

The Antifonitis Church (alt. Antiphonitis) is a beautiful and unusual structure about 20 km away from Kyrenia. This church formed part of the old monastery, and many of the frescoes as well as the entrance date back to the 12th – 15th Century. We combine the visit with a light, about 4 km long walking tour in the spring, where we can observe orchids, rockrose and other botanical items of the Mediterranean Maquis.

 

 

St. Barnabas 1,5h

 

St Barnabas is credited with introducing Christianity to Cyprus together with Apostle Paul. His activities displeased the powerful Jewish community in Salamis and their reaction was to stone him to death. His body was buried in a secret location by his cousin Mark. The story might have ended there but, 400 years later, Barnabas appeared in a dream to the Archbishop of Salamis and revealed the location of his tomb. A monastery was founded on the site of the tomb in the 5th century but the present build dates from 1756. The former monk’s cells around the inner courtyard now house an archaeological collection arranged clockwise from the Bronze Age to the Venetian period. The church is now an icon museum although the best ones were stolen many years ago.

 

 

Othello Tower 

 

The Othello Tower was the last defence post on the town walls and was originally built as a moated citadel in order to protect Famagusta's harbour. The name was given later by the English in connection with Shakespeare's "Othello" theatre play.

 

 

Old Town Famagusta / Cathedral 

 

In the Old Town of Famagusta you visit the gothic formerly Nicklaus’s Cathedral, which serves nowadays as Lala Musafa Pascha Mosque. Besides you have the opportunity for nice shopping and tasting the nice sweets of the renowned pastry shop Petek.

 

 

St. Mamas and Archaeological Museum 

 

St Mamas is believed to be the protector of tax evaders!... and also an ear, nose and throat specialist under the Cypriot Orthodox saints. We visit the icon museum (formerly church) and the adjacent archaeological museum with its newest discoveries such as ‘’The Golden Leaves of Soli’’.

 

 

Kormacit Village 

 

The spoken languages in Kormacit are Greek and Aramaic (original language of Jesus Christ). The inhabitants are members of the Maronite Church, which is a Catholic Church with its quarter heads in Lebanon. Many Greek Cypriots and Maronites from the South come on weekends and especially for Eastern Holidays to assist the Holy Mass. Afterwards they eat Kleftiko (oven baked lamb) at the renowned restaurant ‘’Yorgos’’. 

 

 

Iskele Panagía Theotókos Church 

 

The Panagia Theotokus Church built in the 12th Century was dedicated to St Mary and is a chief masterwork of byzantine architecture and fresco painting art. 

 

 

St. Andrews Church

 

The church has been built on the spot, where - according to the legend- St Andreas found a water source having healing properties for ophthalmic and cutaneous diseases. The place is an important pilgrim destination for orthodox Christians, especially from Southern Cyprus.

 

 

Agios Philon 

 

Here we visit the ruins of the antique town Karpasia, with a fine sandy beach and a nice Restaurant.