Agios Neophytos Monastery
Agios Neophytos Monastery
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  • Our World Wide Road Trip
    World87 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Peaceful Monastery
    Absolute must for a visit. Fantastic Monastery, museum, walks, little chapel, gift shop and a fabulous little cafe. Very peaceful setting away from everywhere and everyone....thoroughly enjoyed.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 July 2023
  • Travelcelt_10
    Norwich, United Kingdom215 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    November visit.
    A lot of Cyprus monasteries are hard to get to but this one is just a few kilometres from Paphos along a good road. The car park area has a decent-looking cafe and the whole site is well tended. You could find the landscaping and varied planting interesting in itself and not have to pay any entry fee. The cliff face with the original carved sanctuary is fascination. There is a small fee to enter this section and it is rewarded with some beautiful original sacred artwork. I don't think this is a 2 to 3 hour visit. Just over 1 hour is plenty.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 November 2023
  • Debora H
    12 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Peaceful and beautiful
    Definitely well worth a visit to this beautiful and peaceful monastery. Sadly the museum was closed when we went but we were able to go into the magnificent church and to admire the rich colours of the frescoes which are hundreds of years old. As an added bonus, there are plenty of very friendly monastery cats who are willing to accompany you on your visit.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 18 January 2024
  • Mystery Man
    Radstock, United Kingdom31 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Calm relaxing and interesting history
    We came here as part of exploring the mountains of Cyprus in our hire car. In arrival there is a car park with a gift shop and another shop selling local wines, olive oil, honey, olives and produce from the monastery gardens however this had closed for lunch (12:45) by the time we’d finished the monastery. The monastery itself is centred around a Greek Orthodox basilica containing impressive carvings, illumination, frescos and ornamentation. Note that photography and videography is not allowed inside the church. Please respect other people’s sacred religious places and adhere to the rules (one lady during our visit felt the rules did not apply to her). This is a working monastery, not a museum, so the cells are occupied by the monks, however those you see around the site are pleasant and friendly. There is a small museum down some steps near the peaceful cloister garden containing religious artifacts and relics from the history of the monastery, including hand written books, sanctuary doors, chalices and crosses with some of the finest historical filigree work on the island. Even if you are not particularly religious, the craftsmanship and provenance of these items is impressive and an important part of the islands cultural religious history. Entry to the museum (€5 pp) also grants you access to an older worship side hewn into the rocks of the gorge, featuring stunning frescoes and clearly a very old and sacred site. Again, can I just implore you to not touch the walls as the oils from your hands will damage the paint - the last of the chambers has evidence of scummy people carving their names into medieval wall paintings, utterly ruining the irreplaceable historical context. The site is peaceful with plenty of mature pine trees for shade, and benches dotted around to allow you sit quietly and contemplate. Most other visitors to the site tend to be quiet and respectful of the place, which is a refreshing change from the bustle down by the coast. As a final note there are stray cats roaming the grounds who are very friendly and will say hello and do not scratch or bite, but be aware that all stray cats on the island may carry ticks or fleas. Won’t do you much harm to say hello and give them a tickle, but maybe don’t get them too close to any loose clothing. Overall one of the highlights of our trip to Cyprus and would go again.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 March 2024
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Pamela H
Oxford, UK108 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
One reaches this Monastery by mini bus from Pathos old town. We went on a Saturday and there were not many buses so one needed to watch the the times of return buses. There were only five people on our bus.
The buildings are beautiful with wide walkways with very good toilets. leading up to the Monastery from the bus-stop .The cave and Monastery walls were beautifully painted and the museum very interesting
We loved the white cat who shared our lunch but we wish that the restaurant and gift shop had been open(not till March) so as to enable us to shelter from the very cold, wet and windy weather whilst we waited for the bus
Written 16 February 2020
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Sanka1 🇱🇰🇬🇧
Bicester, UK5 865 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
A calm and serene historic monastery located in the hills close to Paphos. We decided to visit as it was 20mins from the town centre and can easily get a taxi to and from there. It's open 6am to 6pm everyday for visits and there's no fee to enter, but visitors need to be respectful while entering buildings where there's a strict no photography policy. You need to wear appropriate clothing and keep noise down. The monastery has a gift shop, toilets and cafe on site if required. Highly recommended for a relaxing visit.
Written 28 January 2023
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Ryan D
Bristol, UK36 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
The parking here is free, its worth a visit just to see the old church from 1205AD which is carved into the rock with the remaining frescos. 2 euro each gets you into the museum of artefacts and the old church which is a reasonable price compared to other sites in Cyprus. the grounds are beautiful and well looked after. We visited on our latest day for something to do, some steep roads up there but good condition to get to.
Written 28 June 2022
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Randburg
Randburg, South Africa364 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Family
Beautiful gardens and monastery up in the hills within easy reach of Paphos.

Entrance is free to the main areas and chapel. To enter the museum and caves adults have to pay a minimal fee. Children enter free.

Nice 45 minute visit and would recommend for those visiting Paphos.
Written 4 October 2022
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muffinn2
Worcester, UK160 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Our day centred on this special place. 2€ gets you into the atmospheric beautifully decorated hermitage and the church and museum, which even for an ardent atheist there's lots to see and appreciate. Be aware you can't take photos. Good 9k walk taking in spectacular views both to Paphos and the Troodos from the monastery. It also can take in the fascinating cat sanctuary too.
Written 8 February 2020
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Mystery Man
Radstock, UK31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
We came here as part of exploring the mountains of Cyprus in our hire car. In arrival there is a car park with a gift shop and another shop selling local wines, olive oil, honey, olives and produce from the monastery gardens however this had closed for lunch (12:45) by the time we’d finished the monastery.

The monastery itself is centred around a Greek Orthodox basilica containing impressive carvings, illumination, frescos and ornamentation. Note that photography and videography is not allowed inside the church. Please respect other people’s sacred religious places and adhere to the rules (one lady during our visit felt the rules did not apply to her). This is a working monastery, not a museum, so the cells are occupied by the monks, however those you see around the site are pleasant and friendly. There is a small museum down some steps near the peaceful cloister garden containing religious artifacts and relics from the history of the monastery, including hand written books, sanctuary doors, chalices and crosses with some of the finest historical filigree work on the island. Even if you are not particularly religious, the craftsmanship and provenance of these items is impressive and an important part of the islands cultural religious history. Entry to the museum (€5 pp) also grants you access to an older worship side hewn into the rocks of the gorge, featuring stunning frescoes and clearly a very old and sacred site. Again, can I just implore you to not touch the walls as the oils from your hands will damage the paint - the last of the chambers has evidence of scummy people carving their names into medieval wall paintings, utterly ruining the irreplaceable historical context.

The site is peaceful with plenty of mature pine trees for shade, and benches dotted around to allow you sit quietly and contemplate. Most other visitors to the site tend to be quiet and respectful of the place, which is a refreshing change from the bustle down by the coast.

As a final note there are stray cats roaming the grounds who are very friendly and will say hello and do not scratch or bite, but be aware that all stray cats on the island may carry ticks or fleas. Won’t do you much harm to say hello and give them a tickle, but maybe don’t get them too close to any loose clothing.

Overall one of the highlights of our trip to Cyprus and would go again.
Written 23 March 2024
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Travelcelt_10
Norwich, UK215 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
A lot of Cyprus monasteries are hard to get to but this one is just a few kilometres from Paphos along a good road. The car park area has a decent-looking cafe and the whole site is well tended. You could find the landscaping and varied planting interesting in itself and not have to pay any entry fee. The cliff face with the original carved sanctuary is fascination. There is a small fee to enter this section and it is rewarded with some beautiful original sacred artwork. I don't think this is a 2 to 3 hour visit. Just over 1 hour is plenty.
Written 23 November 2023
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Rick W
Sevenoaks, UK2 320 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
Located up in the hills about 20 minutes north of Paphos is this monastery complex and caves with paintings by Saint Neofytos himself. There are a couple of gift shops and a small cafe (although I stood there for three minutes ringing the bell and was completely ignored and so left without being served!) I was not enormously impressed by the place actually. There is a small museum displaying a number of 19th century books of church music and the monastery buildings themselves which are unremarkable. For highlight is the Enkleistra - three cave like rooms which were inhabited by Neofytos in the 12th century the walls are covered in frescoes and although quite damaged are nevertheless beautiful and interesting. It won't take you long to see them!.
Written 21 September 2023
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Trevor H
Dorchester, UK31 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
I'm only giving it 4* because part was closed.
It rained the day we visited but that didn't dampen our spirits. Love this place, very serene. The monastery itself is away from the main building with steep ish steps up to it but the frescoes are amazing. Unfortunately the top part was closed and when asked why the answer was because of hand railings being unsecured, with also the chance of falling rocks. But they said it may be open within 2 months. Other parts that were closed were, the museum, the coffee shop and some of the main building, though the gift shop was still plying its trade. Most likely, it is my guess, that it's mainly open March through November.
Still with a visit and on a clear day, take a picnic, the views are stunning.
Written 17 January 2023
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maxisales
Walsall, UK223 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
What a fascinating site - it is large and I'd recommend going before the afternoon heat hits. The only reason I've given it 4 stars is because the museum was shut the day we went. Nice little souvenir shop, little cafe and would make a super spot for a picnic
Written 8 April 2022
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