Religious tourism in Cyprus

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History of the creation of the Sanctuary of Aphrodite in Palea Paphos

The cult of Aphrodite originated in Cyprus in the 12th century BC. e., the construction of the temple of Aphrodite on top of a hill in the village of Kouklia, at a distance of about 2 km from the sea, dates back to the same time. Soon the city of Palea Paphos grew up around the temple. There are 2 legends about the founding of Palea Paphos (Palepaphos).

The Legend of King Kinera

According to the first legend, the founder of the settlement and the first priest in the sanctuary of Aphrodite was the legendary local king Kineer.

His daughter, the beautiful Mirra, inflamed with sinful love for her father, took advantage of the darkness and seduced Kineer. This act angered the jealous goddess Aphrodite, and she turned Myrrh into a fragrant tree (myrrh tree).

Soon the childbirth goddess Ilithia pulled out the baby Adonis from the bark of this tree, who, in turn, became Aphrodite's lover.

The Legend of the Greek King Agapenor

The second legend tells about the king of Tegea from Arcadia (Greece) Agapenor.

The ships of the Greeks, returning from the Trojan War, by the will of fate were brought to Cyprus. The fleet of the leader of the Arcadian warriors, King Agapenor, who founded the city of Palea Paphos and the sanctuary of the goddess, was also nailed to the shores of the island by a storm.

The heyday of the Temple of Aphrodite in Cyprus

I am telling you what is happening now in Cyprus and around + Weather forecast for November - December

Chronicle of the latest events on the island of Aphrodite. Pandemic news in Cyprus. The consular department of Russia has resumed reception. The Ministry of Health has published new measures to counter the spread of coronavirus.

First about the situation with the pandemic At the very end - the weather forecast for the week

On November 27, 6584 PCR tests were performed in the Republic of Cyprus. Revealed 310 positive reactions. None of them are among air passengers and 7 among repatriates. Thus, for the entire time of the pandemic, 9,983 people have been allegedly infected with COVID-19.

3 people were hospitalized. 4 were discharged home. There are 108 patients diagnosed with coronavirus in the clinics of the Republic. Nineteen of them are in intensive care. 90 people are undergoing rehabilitation at the Eden Resort in Tersefanu.

From November 30, face-to-face classes will resume in schools and lyceums in Limassol and Paphos provinces.

The country's hazard ratio continues to grow - 354.1 (+11.6).

In the north of the island, 1338 PCR tests were done over the previous day, which showed 6 positive results. 7 patients were discharged from clinics. The total number of cases for the entire time of the pandemic is estimated to have reached 1,068 people.

The Consular Section of the Russian Embassy resumes receiving citizens

From December 1, 2020, the Consular Section of the Embassy will resume receiving citizens on the entire spectrum of consular issues, except for reception at the offices of the Honorary Consul of the Russian Federation in the cities of Limassol and Paphos.

In order to comply with sanitary and epidemiological standards, it is necessary to come to the consular reception in a protective medical mask and gloves.

For inquiries, it is recommended to use the telephone for communication: + 357-99-477-252 or by e-mail: russianembassy. onsulate @ cytanet. om. y

The Ministry of Health of the Republic of Cyprus announced new restrictions and exemptions

I am telling you what is happening now in Cyprus and around

Chronicle of the latest events on the island of Aphrodite. Pandemic news in Cyprus. The Holy Synod supported Chrysostom. How did the ROC respond? The schism of Orthodox churches continues to expand

First about the pandemic situation

On November 26, 5935 PCR tests were performed in the Republic of Cyprus. Revealed 220 positive reactions. Thus, for the entire time of the pandemic, 9673 people have allegedly become infected with COVID-19.

The death of an 82-year-old man with underlying chronic diseases is reported. 3 people were hospitalized. 4 patients were discharged home. There are 109 patients diagnosed with coronavirus in the clinics of the Republic. Twenty-one of them are in intensive care. 89 people are undergoing rehabilitation at the Eden Resort in Tersefanu.

The country's hazard ratio is 342.5 (+3. 6).

In the North of the island, 1045 PCR tests were done over the previous day, which showed 9 positive results. 4 patients were discharged from clinics. The total number of cases during the entire time of the pandemic is estimated to have reached 1,077 people.

Will the parishioners of the Russian Orthodox Church now be able to pray in Cypriot churches?

The Synod supported the Beatitude, but did not overcome the schism

Nine to six, with one abstention. This is the result of the vote of the hierarchs of the Church of Cyprus on the issue of supporting the sole decision of Archbishop Chrysostomus II on recognizing the autocephalousness of the newly formed Orthodox Church of Ukraine (OCU). In a statement posted on its official website, the Synod hopes for broader consultations to overcome "the current crisis that threatens the Church of Christ with schism."

It took the island's Church leaders two days on November 23 and 25 to make this difficult decision. Thus, the Cyprus Church became the fourth to recognize the autocephaly of the OCU. Previously, this was done by Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople, who became the official head of the new Church of Ukraine, Patriarch Theodore II of Alexandria and All Africa and Archbishop Jerome II of Athens and All Hellas.

I have been living in Cyprus for quite some time, but the deep religiosity of the Cypriots still remains a mystery to me.

How, after several centuries under the yoke of the Ottoman Empire, and then under the influence of Catholic England, the Greek Cypriots carefully preserved Christian traditions, passing them on from generation to generation? Moreover, religious customs are so closely intertwined in their daily life that there is no doubt about their sincerity.

It is considered commonplace, having lost some thing, to bake a Fanuropita pie and ask for help from Saint Fanurius, or if you feel unwell after visiting a doctor, stop by the monastery of Saint Thekla the healer, pray and take healing mud.

I knew about the monastery of St. Thekla for a long time and visited it several times, but for the first time I was invited to visit the monastery of St. Minas by my Cypriot friend Mary. In their family, it is customary for the whole family to travel by car to small villages on a day off, visiting one or another monastery or church.

Since there are a lot of them in Cyprus, the route may be different each time. Knowing my interest in Cypriot traditions, Maria enthusiastically organized our Sunday voyage.

On the old road

We left Larnaca in the direction of Nicosia, but did not go along the highway, but turned off the roundabout onto the old road. On car maps, this is the E104 road.

The effect was as if you were on the subway all the time and suddenly decided to use ground transportation. In terms of quality, the road is no worse than the Autobahn, as, incidentally, are all secondary roads in Cyprus, but there are much more impressions and pleasure from driving along it: small neat villages float past the windows, and you can easily stop at any place you like, make a couple of memorable frames and buy homemade sweets from local residents.

This is the first stop we made in the village of Ayia Anna. It immediately struck me that all the facades of houses, fences and a small church are completely faced with the same limestone stone.

Maria explained: the stone is mined near the village, and such facing is typical for all buildings in the village. This creates an architectural unity and an opportunity to preserve the image of the village in its original form.

It should be noted that Cypriots really try to preserve what is of cultural value and reflects their historical traditions.

In many mountain villages, such as Lefkara, Kakopetria, Fikardou, the architectural supervision service strictly controls the number of storeys of buildings, the size of window and door openings and the use of certain building materials.

Cyprus is famous for the art of winemaking: there are entire villages on the island, whose inhabitants have long continued the work of Aphrodite (there is a legend that it was she who planted the first grapevine in Cyprus). Tourists come to follow the production of traditional drinks of the islanders - wine routes are in great demand among tourists from Russia.

By the end of 2014, Cyprus is expected to receive about 630 thousand Russian tourists, which is 5% more than in the same period last year. Perhaps the steady growth of interest on the part of our compatriots is explained not only by quality rest on the island, but also ... by the success of local wines?

The lion's share of Cypriot wine production is based on several local grapes such as Mavro and Xynisteri, but some imported varieties are also grown here.

Local varieties include, for example, Xynisteri, the most common white grape used to make fresh light young wines. In second place in popularity is the Mavro grape - half of the Cypriot vineyards are planted with this variety. "Mavro" in Greek means "black", but ironically, wines using only this variety have an unattractive brown color and not very good taste, so Mavro must be mixed with other varieties. What the Cypriots are doing successfully.

Maratheftiko is a unique Cypriot red grape with a strong aroma. He was known already in ancient times, now his rebirth is taking place. The yield of this variety is much lower than that of Mavro (to increase the yield, Maratheftiko is grown next to other varieties), therefore, it is more expensive. However, its quality is also much higher.

Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Palomino are respected by winemakers. Carignan is widely cultivated - it gives good yields, but does not have a good taste and richness. Many wines also include cabernet (sauvignon and franc) and mataro. Shiraz, a red, intense grape with a tart taste, is just beginning its journey in the Cypriot winemaking. Small quantities of grenache, alicant bush, senso and others are grown.

Some wineries offer excursions. There are several wine routes in Cyprus, which will give travelers not only the gastronomic pleasure of wine tasting, but also the experience of getting to know the traditions of the local people. The most popular are three: the Kilada Diarizu route, the Commandaria route, the Vouni Panagias - Ambelitis route.

The route starts and ends in Aheleia. This wine route is an exciting journey along the Diarizos River, through the pristine green of the forest. It is believed that the Diarizos Valley is the least known wine region in Cyprus. Its geographical position is at a lower level compared to other wine-producing regions and the predominance of the local Mavro grape variety for a long time did not allow it to come to the fore.

However, with the emergence of many small wineries and the introduction of modern viticulture methods, the Diarizos area has developed into a promising and competitive wine-growing region. You should visit here and enjoy the wonderful tranquil landscape, the genuine hospitality of the local people and the delight of the booming wine trade.

The tour starts in Kolossi and ends in Agia Fila. This Cyprus wine route takes you back in time and reveals the secrets of the most ancient and famous wine on the island - the famous Commandaria. Following this route, tourists pass through 14 villages where Commandaria is produced.

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