Travel pictures from Israel Desert
Founded in 327AD, one of the oldest monasteries in the world, it has a fragment of the Holy Cross.
Panorama from Stavrovouni Monastery
Women may visit the adjacent Church of All Saints but not the monastery itself.
Stavrovouni Monastery sits dramatical alone atop a 2,460 foot peak in the Troodos mountains.
Choirokoitia’s archeologists have recreated these Neolithic dwellings.
The Neolithic village of Choirokoitia, a UN World Heritage site, is only partially excavated.
The view of the broad Paphos Bay from our hotel
Some of the site’s many mosaics, such as this one, are exposed to the elements.
The huge Kato Paphos Archaeological Park is a UN World Heritage Site.
The ruins date from prehistoric times through the middle ages and include several Roman villas.
This building housed a large collection of Roman mosaic floors.
Some mosaic floors have geometric patterns.
Other mosaic floors depict gods, people, and animals.
Laura meets a pink pelican.
The 13th century Paphos castle was rebuilt by the Ottomans in 1592.
Basilica of Chrysopolitissa in Paphos
The public was invited to attend these Greek Orthodox services.
The Chrysorrogiatissa Monastery in the mountain village of Pano Panagia.
Vineyards in this area are typically not trellised.
Ruins of the Sanctuary of Aphrodite, at the village of Kouklia
This sanctuary was an ancient Greek pilgrimage center.
The sarcophagus was discovered in a tomb excavated nearby.
Church and museum at the Sanctuary
Some rocks at Aphrodite’s Beach have mythical associations.
The Sanctuary of Apollo Hylates is on land controlled by Great Britain.
This sanctuary was one of the main religious centers of ancient Cyprus.
Apollo was worshiped here in 8th B.C. to 4th centuries AD.
The sanctuary was destroyed 4th century AD by a major earthquake.
The amphitheater has the best acoustics of any similar theatre.
Architectural details reveal raised floor heated from below.
Gladiators are thought to have fought here at Kourion.
Beautifully-sited ruins at the sprawling Kourion archeological site
Kourion was one of Cyprus’ ten ancient city-states.
Limassol’s 19th century Ayia Napa Cathedral in the old town
Limassol’s 13th century Castle houses a Medieval Museum.
Richard the Lionheart supposedly was married in the castle in 1191.
Armor possibly used in the 16th century Ottoman-Venetian conflict
Limassol’s harbor has an active fleet of fishing boats using nets.
Limassol oceanfront with some modern buildings in the distance
Ancient bits and pieces at Amathos awaiting archeological attention
Archaeological site of the ancient city of Amathos near Limassol
Pedoulas is one of the larger villages in the Troodos Mountains.
St. John Lampadistis Monastery had extensive Byzantine art.
Decoration covered most interior surfaces of this monastery church.
Contemplative robed Lampadistis Monastery visitor
Snow and skiing in 6,404 ft Troodos Mountains, the tallest in Cyprus
We tasted wines with Marleen, the founder’s Dutch daughter-in-law.
Mackenzie Beach at Larnaca, the third-largest city in Cyprus