The Monastery of the Priests – Agia Moni – is located in Paphos Region between the village of Statos and the Monastery of Chrysorrogiatissa. It is built in a beautiful situation, far from the bustle of everyday life.
Agia Moni is considered as one of the most ancient monasteries of Cyprus. It has been rebuilt recently and belongs to the Holy Monastery of Kykkos. It is thought the name – Monastery of the Priests – derives from the fact that many priests lived there in the past.
Agia Moni comprises buildings from various eras, the majority of the current structures dating from the 17th and 18th centuries.
The church, originally dating from the 6th century and therefore one of the oldest in Cyprus, has been the subject of some pretty unsympathetic restoration, making it very hard to determine any of its oldest features.
According to tradition, Agia Moni was constructed in the 4th century by the Saints Eftychios and Nicolaos, who later became Bishop of Myroi in Lycia. Popular myth maintains that Eftychios supplied the stones, taking them from the pagan temple of the ancient Greek Goddess that was located in the same venue, while Nicolaos carved them.
Today the monastery is inhabited by one monk only – Father Epiphanios.
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