Machairas Monastery

Η Ιστορία της Μονής Μαχαιρά

The Sacred, Royal and Stavropegic Monastery of the Virgin of Machairas, is built near Mount Kionia, at an elevation of 870 meters, and surrounded by dense pine forests and much natural beauty, the monastery towers like a fortress on a steep hillside. Just below it flows the longest river in Cyprus, the Pediaios. The contrast between the ruggedness and the beauty of the landscape forms a magnificent harmony, such that it depicts the arduousness of ascesis and the beauty of the virtues blossoming from her. This most suitable place for asceticism and prayer was chosen by the Mother of God for the lovers of the Kingdom of God; those elect souls who would later reside under Her protection and care. The centre of the history and life of the Monastery of Machairas is the Virgin Mary, to whom the monastery is dedicated and her icon, the Machairiotissa, which, according to tradition, is one of the seventy icons painted by the Apostle Luke.

This same pious tradition informs us that the icon had been placed above the Holy Soros, or reliquary, of the Virgin Mary in the Church of Blachernae in Constantinople.

During the eighth century, when the heresy of iconoclasm held sway, a devout monk saved the icon from destruction by bringing it to the area known today as Machairas.

Yearly Vigils


Video Library

Black Cumin Oil


Opening Hours

Saturday and Sunday 6:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Monday – Friday 9:30 a.m.– 6:00 p.m.

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