The Monastery of Panagia Amirous is located just a few kilometres east of the village Apsiou and north of the village Mathikoloni in the Limassol district. It's built at the foothills of Kakomallis mountain, on a beautiful setting, offering its visitors stunning views across the mountains until the coast of Zygi.
According to tradition, in the 12th century, an Emir from Syria was travelling by boat along the coast of Amathus with his blind daughter, in their search for a cure for her blindness. For the first time his daughter saw a light on a mountain, so they decided to follow this light leading them to a small water fount flowing out a rock, with a small icon on its base of Virgin Mary holding a baby in her arms. After the Emir’s daughter washed her face, she gained her sight, and her father built the monastery to express his gratitude. The icon of “Vrefokratousa” (Virgin Mary holding the infant Jesus) is still found there, incorporated in a larger icon of the Virgin Mary dating back in the 16th century and placed in the Monastery.
Originally, the monastery of Panagia Amirous was for men only and by the late 18th century the monastery declined and was abandoned by its monks. In 1997 the monastery was restored by the efforts of an old woman called Maria, who was the first resident of the Monastery. After completing its restoration, she settled there a small group of nuns and re-opened it as a female monastery, dedicated to Zoodochos Pigi.
Location: Near Apsiou village – Click here for directions
Telephone: +357 25542035
Operating Hours: Daily from 8:00 - 13:00 and from 16:00 - 19:00
Closed every Friday
Open all day every Sunday
Entrance Fee: Free
Opening and closing times as well as entrance fees, are subject to alterations without notice. Visitors are advised to check before visiting.