Euromed 2010

Conference Excursions (dedicated to the Neolithic and Byzantine time period)

Troodos Mountains, the Byzantine Churches Nicosia and Choirokoitia site.

Drive to the Troodos mountains and the local villages to visit 3 of the Byzantine Churches included on UNESCO’S World Heritage List.

Continue through the pine trees forest to Ayios Nikolaos tis Stegis ( St. Nicholas of the Roof ) built in the 11th century. The Walls are covered by 600 years of Byzantine art. Especially remarkable is the scene of Transfiguration and the Raising of Lazarus. High in the dome, the Risen Christ presides over all encircled by \angels and prophets; the evangelists are writing their gospels and the whole story spreads out over the vaults, beginning with the Birth of Christ in the south east, continuing round the west end, up the north side and ending in the Sanctuary vaults with Christ’s Ascension.

Driving a few kilometers south stop in Galata village to visit the timber roofed Byzantine Church with Italo-Byzantium paintings of Panagia Podithou built in 1502 by Dimitri de Coron and his wife Helen. At the centre of the cross beam is the Venetian symbol, the lion of St. Mark, and at each end a Byzantine double – headed eagle.

The next stop will be at one of the most famous of the painted churches, the Panayia Phorbiotissa of Asinou with built in 1105 / 06. In the Church there are superb and well-preserved wall paintings and frescoes, considered among the most beautiful of Byzantine art.

Lunch will be served in the area

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Panagia Podithou

Ayios Nikolaos tis Stegis

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Asinou - Pantocrator

The e-Documentation of the ASINOU UNESCO WHL Monument

After lunch, continue to Nicosia. Which is the only inland city of the island and is the capital since the 11th century AD. The Lusignans turned it into a magnificent city with a Royal Palace and over fifty churches. Today it blends its historic past brilliantly with the bustle of a modern city. The heart of the city, enclosed by 16th century Venetian Walls, is dotted with museums, ancient churches and medieval buildings preserving the nostalgic atmosphere of years past. But the historical span of the city goes back to the dawn of civilisation, as habitations of the Early Bronze Age (2.300 B.C) were found around the river that used to cross the city. Today, it is a town with a double character; the rich medieval city is there to be seen within the Venetian walls with its narrow alleys and palm trees, its beautiful Byzantine churches, whereas a modern city is spreading into the plain. A dividing line runs across the very heart of the city, as a result of the Turkish Invasion of 1974 and the hopes and efforts of both the Greek and the Turkish Cypriots inhabitants is directed towards the finding of a solution that will bring peace and prosperity.


Drive from the Ledra Palace check point along the Venetian Walls that encircle the old city, pass by the Famagusta Gate and stop at the Monument of Freedom. From there walk to the Archbishop’s Palace and visit the Byzantine Icons Museum (http://www.makariosfoundation.org.cy/).

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Famagusta Gate

Liberty Monument

Map of Nicosia

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Venetian Walls

St. John’s Cathedral

On the way to Limassol visit the ancient site of Chirokitia, which is included since 1998 in the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage official list. It is the site of a Neolithic settlement found in a better state of preservation than most others from this period, not only in Cyprus but in the whole of the Eastern Mediterranean.

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