Set in beautiful surroundings, the Monastery of Chrysorroyiatissa is dedicated to ‘Our Lady of the Golden Pomegranate’. It was founded in 1152 by monk Ignatios who found a miraculous icon of the Virgin Mary off the shore of Paphos. Legend has it that it was thrown into the sea in Asia Minor during the iconoclastic period and drifted to Paphos.
The present building dates to 1770. An impressive religious ceremony is held here on 15 August, on the occasion of the Dormition of the Virgin Mary. The monastery is home to an important collection of icons, religious objects and artifacts. The monastery’s old winery produces some of the best wines on the island.
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