Take the scenic drive outside the seaside town of Larnaca and head towards the coastal village of Mazotos where a glorious and rather quirky permanent open air exhibition awaits, going by the name of the Petreon Sculpture Park.
While many people have little idea that this place exists, it really is an art lover’s haven. Taking it’s name from from the Greek word for ‘stone’ (‘petra’), this place is a culmination of the life works of the late artist Savvas Koulendros, who passed away in February 2016. The artist drew inspiration from personal experiences, daily life, the wisdom of our forefathers and the mythology and history of Cyprus.
Enter the park and you’ll be left wide eyed by the large-scale sculptures which form a permanent open air exhibition. Perhaps the most impressive is Petreos (the man born of stone); the tallest sculpture in park, reaching for the skies at 8.50m. Leader of the pack and guardian of Petreon Sculpture Park, he is made of Kivides stone, and was assembled in 5 pieces and weighs a whopping 25 tons.
But this isn’t the park’s only attraction! Head to the small stone church and you’ll get better acquainted with the byzantine icon tradition as you have a good look at hand- painting icons, with the “Archontariki” gallery hosting various exhibitions, including small scale sculptures and paintings.
Have a good walk around the grounds and you’ll also spot an extensive collection of small sculptures scattered throughout the area, while the gardens are also picturesque within their own right, with more than 200 different varieties of cacti and plenty of Mediterranean fruit trees adding to the park’s charm.
Where? Mazotos Village, Larnaca district. Winter, daily: 9am – 1pm / 2pm – sunset. Summer, daily: 9am – 1pm / 2pm – sunset. Closed Friday. Adults €2,50 / Children €1,50 / Organised groups €2,00. Opening and closing times as well as entrance fees, are subject to alterations so we advise calling before you visit! Tel: +357 99 648 116