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Saturday 9 March 2002
Weather still excellent, warm enough for shirtsleeves at almost 6000 feet.
Kykko Monastery (in full, the Holy Royal and Stavropiyiaki Monastery of
the Virgin Mary) in the Troodos mountains
Mosaic in a cloister of the Monastery.
Tradition has it that Byzantine Emperor Alexios Comnenos I (1081-1118) was
prompted to establish the monastery in 1100 after the hermit Isaiah, who lived
in the Troodos mountains, revealed that his daughter could be healed from a rare
incurable disease if he would consent to build a monastery and donate to it the
icon of the Virgin he possessed, reputedly painted by the Apostle Luke.
The tomb of Archbishop Makarios III. Makarios was Orthodox archbishop of
Cyprus and the first President of Cyprus. Makarios, the son of a shepherd, was
born 13 August 1913. Thrice elected president, he survived four assassination
attempts, temporary deposition by a coup in 1974, and Turkish invasion. He died
in Nicosia, on 3August 1977. Makarios served as a novice at Kykko. At his own
wish, he was buried at Throni, 3 km west of the Monastery, not far from his
native village of Panayia,
The remains of winter snow in the Troodos mountains.
An unconventional oven!
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