Cyprus News | Apostolos Andreas Monastery Renovation

Cyprus News | Apostolos Andreas Monastery Renovation

Kibris newspaper (18.09.13) reports that the EVKAF religious foundation agreed with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP-PFF) on the restoration of the Apostolos Andreas monastery in the Karpas. The €5m project was prepared by the Greek University of Patras and will undertaken within the framework of the Technical Committee on  Cultural Heritage.

‘The monastery was supposedly founded here, as during a journey to the Holy Land, the ship which was transporting Saint Andrew went off course and struck the rocks here. On coming ashore, Andrew struck the rocks with his staff, at which point a spring gushed forth. The waters proved to have healing powers, and restored the sight of the ship’s captain who had been blind in one eye. Thereafter, the site became a place of pilgrimage. A fortified monastery stood here in the 12th century, from which Isaac Comnenus negotiated his surrender to Richard the Lionheart. In the 15th century, a small chapel was built close to the shore. The church of the main monastery dates to the 18th century, while the main buildings are 100 years younger’ [Wikipedia]

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