In central Cyprus, in the area of Lefkosia (Nicosia) are several nice Byzantine churches, as well as older sites like Tamassos and Idalion. I spent a full day driving around the central parts of Cyprus.
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Peristerona is a large village about 32 km (20 miles) west of the capital Nicosia, on the foothills of the Troodos Mountain range in the Morphou basin.
The Church of Agios Varnavas and Ilarionas (Saints Barnabas and Hilarion) has five domes on the roof arranged in the shape of a cross, a feature only seen in one other church on the island. It was built in the Byzantine period in the 10th century.
The Peristerona Mosque was constructed in the 19th century, during the Ottoman era. It was built on a square floor plan, with tinted windows and sculptured parts. It now stands empty.
Panagia Chrysospiliotissa Church is a church in a natural cave high up a wall. It is located near Kato Deftera village, 11 km (7 miles) southwest of Lefkosia (Nicosia).
The complex is made up of three smaller caves and two corridors. One of the caves is the church. It is dedicated to the Lady of the Golden Cave. The church possibly dates back to the early Christian period. This type of church is rare in Cyprus but common in the Near East. Sadly the decorated walls of the cave have suffered great damage and the frescoes are no longer visible.
The Archaggelou Michael (Archangel Michael) Church dates back to the Byzantine period and was founded by Archbishop Nikiforos, whose tomb can be seen in the narthex of the church. It was rebuilt in 1636 and was ceded to Kykkos Monastery in 1713.
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