Perched on a rocky peak, Stavrovouni means Mountain of the Cross. According to tradition; it was founded in the 4th century by the mother of Constantine the Great, Agia Eleni, who left a fragment of the Holy Cross at the monastery. The brotherhood is extremely devout, keeping vows as strict as those at Mount Athos in Greece. There is an impressive ceremony and celebrations on September 14th, the day of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.The Monastery of Agia Varvara (Saint Barbara) at the foot of Stavrovouni Hill is easily accessible. The monks here have a reputation for icon painting. Women are not allowed to visit Stavrovouni Monastery. Men may visit the monastery, but must be decently dressed. The use of cameras or video cameras is prohibited.
Note: Women are not allowed to visit Stavrovouni Monastery. Men may visit the Monastery, dressed properly. The use of cameras or video-cameras is prohibited.
Source: Cyprus Tourism Organisation
Address: Sacred Monastery Stavrovouni Cyprus Postal 7645 Nicosia.
Accreditation: Metropolis Kition
Operation Period: All year
Hours: Summer Hours Daily: 07:00 to 12:00 and 15:00 to 19:00. Winter Hours Daily: 07:00 to 11:00 and 14:00 to 18:00
Facilities: The entrance to the Monastery is only for men. Women can stay until the bookstore at the entrance of the monastery where the visitor has the opportunity to purchase various souvenirs such as images, books, crosses, incense, wax and honey. The transactions are cash only. The monastery is accessible for people in wheelchairs, having become a relevant agreement from the entrance at the entrance of the monastery. Access by car and then lift. There are parking spaces. There are toilets and for people in wheelchairs.
Telephone / Fax: 00357-22533630 / 00357-22532518
Website / Email: www.imkitiou.org.cy / The Monastery has no email.