Located in the mountainous region of Moutoulla, the tiny 13th century chapel of Panagia tou Moutoulla is one of the earliest examples of its type and is a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The church has a steep-pitched timber roof and frescoes dating to 1280. The narthex was added at a later stage, after the beginning of the 16th century, and extends to the west and north sides of the church. The timber roof also covers the narthex. The wall paintings are the only series of the thirteenth century (1280) that survive in Cyprus and can be dated with precision.
The church was built and decorated through the donations of Ioannis of Moutoullas and his wife Irene, who are both depicted holding a model of the church. It is believed that it may have been a private chapel.
The village itself has an ongoing tradition for carved wooden basins.
The Church of Panagia tou Moutoulla – Audio Guide
Region: Troodos area [Lefkosia (Nicosia) district]
Address: Moutoullas village
Contact No: Tel: +357 22 952 677, +357 97 733 480 (Mrs Eleni)
Operating Hours: Monday – Friday: 07:30 – 15:00
Closed on weekends.
Summer Period: Monday – Friday, 08:00 – 15:00 / Saturday – Sunday, 09:00 – 15:00
Holds mainly group visits and by prior appointment.
Operating Period: All year round.
Closed on Public Holidays.
Entrance Fee: Free
Courtesy of the CTO