Kyperounta village may be famed for its apples and annual apple festival, but what many people don’t know, is that this little place tucked away in the Pitsilia region, is also the proud home of some of the most beautiful churches in the Troodos area. Here are three of our favourites, bound to make to make you stop in your tracks!
1. Chapel of the Holy Cross
The most ancient church in the village, dating back to the 16th century, this tiny chapel also boasts an exhibition of religious treasures from the area, dating from the 1950s until today. And the church also has a particularly interesting history, with its grounds having once accommodated the tent of the 1st British Commander of the Cyprus Graner, Joseph Wolseley, along with his cavalcade on the 13th November 1878. They then continued their journey the next morning, through the Zonismeni marsh and Platani to Troodos, in search of a suitable place for the construction of a summer Governor’s House.
2. Ayia Marina Church
Right in the village centre, the beautiful church of Ayia Marina beckons visitors from near and far. The structure dates to the 18th century, and while the older church was extended, it still follows the traditional style of the three-room wooden roof basilica. Sit back on the bench in the church grounds, and take in the views of the surrounding mountains.
3. Ayios Arsenios Church
Only recently built, villagers rejoice that they now have the chance to enjoy Easter Mass at a larger church that can accommodate the inhabitants of Kyperounta and nearby villages more comfortably than the smaller older churches of the area. The building proudly revives the architecture of times past, built with local stone and boasting a great bell tower.
It’s worth keeping in mind that Kyperounta is also home to a fourth beautiful church, that of Panagia and Chrysosotiros.