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One of the first chosen lands the Apostles chose to spread the message of Christianity, Cyprus has deep religious roots. Being incorporated in the Classical Roman Empire and the Eastern Byzantine Empire, the island had many Byzantine monuments worth visiting. Ten of them are of such great importance and historic significance they were included in the UNESCO World Heritage List added in 1985. Churches dating from the 11th to 17th century can be found in the Troodos mountain range.

Built in the 12th century, the church of Panagia tou Arakos, is considered to be one of the most important Byzantine churches of the period. Find it amongst pine trees and mountains between the villages of Lagoudera and Saranti in the Pitsilia area. Upon entering the church one is amazed by the unique frescoes decorating the walls of the church, each telling an important biblical story. Funded by Leon Afthentis in 1192, they were painted in late Comnenain style. The frescoes are the most complete collection of mid-Byzantine time one can find in Cyprus.

Located three kilometres south of the village of Nikitari, Panagia of Asinou. treasures magnificent Byzantine art which were created from the 12th to the 19th century and survived through time for visitors to admire. Frescoes decorating the walls date from the 12th to the 17th century.

Clinging on the slopes of the Marathasa valley, above the river Setrachos, is the monastery of Agios (Saint) Ioannis Lampadistis. Overlooking the village of Kalopanagiotis, the monastery consists of buildings dating from the 11th to the 18th century each added to the complex over time.

Move below the church of Agios Ioannis Lambadistis and unearth the saint’s miraculous remains in a silver plated reliquary, dating to the 12th century.

Located  just 2km southwest of the village of Kakopetria and built on the west bank of the river Klarios/Karkotis.,the church of Agios Nikolaos tis Stegis was the only building which survived from an 11th century Byzantine monastery.

The church stands apart for its roof with a steep pitch where the name ‘Tis Stegis’ originates. Inside there are frescoes embellishing the walls transforming the church into a museum of Byzantine art. Notable paintings are the composition of the Forty Martys and the figure of Agios Nikolaos.

Nestled north of the village of Galata, in the Solea valley is the church of Panagia Podithou. According to the inscription it was built in 1502 and used to be a monastery.

Within the church is the gilded wood-carved iconostasi surrounded by italo-byzantine style of murals depicting Apostle Peter and Paul on the north wall and biblical scenes on the rest.

Located east of the village of Palaichori, the church of the Transfiguration of the Saviour dates back to the 16th century and is the only church out of the ten that was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2000.

Surround yourself with Byzantine art of great significance, upon entering the church. Created by an unknown artist with both a western and Palaiologan period influence.

Towering above the village of Moutoullas, in the Marathasa valley, is the church of Panagia of Moutoulla.

Uncover the inscription on the north wall of the Holy Bema, standing as proof of its construction in 1280. Surrounded by frescoes of immense value and significance surviving from 1280, the visitor engrosses in art with an influence from Byzantine, crusader and Italian origin.

Within the village of Pedoulas, the crown jewel for the community sits proudly. The church of Archangel Michael, was built and decorated in 1474, with donation of priest Vasilios Chamados.

Discover one of the best preserved wooden templon of its kind, dating back to 1474. Exquisite Byzantine art envelop the visitor. The dedicatory inscription located above the north entrance is also depicted, showing a priest accompanied by his wife and two daughters offering Archangel Michael a model of the church.

Surrounded by dense greenery, five kilometres northeast of the village of Patanistasa, lies the church of Timios Stavros tou Agiasmati.

Constructed towards the end of the 15th century it served as a monastery .

With a roof extending higher than the temple, making it unique in the island, the whole interior of the church along with the four posts holding the roof are embellished with frescoes. Dividing the church in two tiers the upper depicts multi-person scenes from the new testament while the lower holds images of individual figures.

Journey south of the biggest village in the Limassol district, Pelendri, and discover the church of Timios Stavros (Holy Cross). Attested in the sources since the late 12th century,

The original church was destroyed and the surviving apse was incorporated in a new church built between the 13th and 14th century. Enriched with byzantine art from the 14th century along with the murals on the apse with inscriptions indicating their creation in 1172.

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Minerva Hotel

Target investment:: €1200000.00
Type: Hotels
The Jewel of Platres. Stylish Colonial Treatment in the Green Heart of Cyprus.
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Pendeli Hotel

Target investment:: €5500000.00
Type: Hotels
Pendeli Hotel (1940) in the heart of Platres, a four storey building with private pool, spa, conference room, concierge, bar and private parking.
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3 Plots of Land, 1250 SQM

Target investment:: €200000.00
Type: Residential land
3 connected Plots of Land in Platres of total area 1600 SQM, of which 1250 SQM are net for building and the rest consist of road and green area.
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Plot of land, 3800 sqm

Target investment:: €300000.00
Type: Residential land
Plot of land with building permit. The plot can be divided into two plots of 1500 sqm each.
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House with Garden, 920 sqm

Target investment:: €333000.00
Type: Residences
Unfinished villa that could serve as primary or secondary home on the Platres main street.
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3 Bedroom House, 155 SQM

Target investment:: €300000.00
Type: Residences
A beautiful family home is available for sale. Except of its 3 bedrooms, it possesses a comfortable living room with fireplace covered veranda with pergola and 2 balconies.
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Old mansion (residence or hotel)

Target investment:: €850000.00
Type: Hotels Residences
A beautiful, traditionally built mansion in Pano Platres to be used either as home or hotel.
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Edelweiss Hotel

Target investment:: €1500000.00
Type: Hotels
Beautiful hotel in close proximity to the village centre that has been a reference for vacationers for over 40 years is available for sale.
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Building with 6 Flats

Target investment:: €0.00
Type: Hotels Residences
Residential building with 6 flats. Could be used either as hotel or residences.
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Large family owned mountain villa

Target investment:: €950000.00
Type: Residences
Large family owned mountain villa with beautiful forest view from all the sides.
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Platres

Platres is one of the highest mountain resort villages on the island, its altitude (1,200m) resulting in breathtaking views and a favourable climate for year-round outdoor activities. Platres has been a popular holiday resort village for the local population for many years and once used to be a location of choice for several European popular personalities and aristocracy.
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Kakopetria

Kakopetria is a town in Cyprus located 55 kilometres (34 mi) southwest of the capital, Nicosia, on the north facing foothills of the Troodos Mountains. It stands at an altitude of 667 metres and it is the highest village in the Solea Valley. The community has about 1,200 permanent inhabitants and about 200 more who either have a summer house or are originally from Kakopetria but work in Nicosia.
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Pedhoulas

Surrounded by pine woods, rich spring waters and cherry trees, the village of Pedhoulas lies in the Marathasa valley, high on the Troodos mountain, at an altitude of 1100 m.a.s.I. It takes the same time to reach Pedhoulas either from the capital of Cyprus, Nicosia, or the town of Limassol on the south coast of the island. Pedhoulas is also situated very close to mount Olympos, the highest peak on the island.
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Wine Routes

With a history in wine making dating back to the Bronze age, Cyprus has been in the forefront of wine production for over 5,000 years. The Mediterranean climate and the fertile slopes of the Troodos mountain range created the ideal environment for vineyards to blossom. The development of indigenous varieties as well as the cultivation of other grape varieties, warrants the creation of exquisite wine.

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Troodos Annual Events

Local themed events

May: Rose Festival Agros Village

June: Cherry Festival Pedoulas village

June: Revival Festival Dora Village

June: Aromatic and healthy herbs Festival Platres Village

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Troodos Nature Park

Found at the heart of the Troodos mountain region, is a cluster of picturesque villages engulfed in lush forests and offering majestic views. The Lemesos (Limassol) Mountain Resort region, has to offer numerous opportunities for adventure, relaxation and everything in between. Step into adventure with one of the many networks of nature trails, suitable for all ages and fitness levels, or explore the region with mountain biking along cycling routes.

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Adventure parks

The fresh mountain air filling your lungs, the gushing waters winding through the mountains and the towering verdant peaks awaken the desire for an adventure unlike the rest. Whether it’s a fun filled family excursion, an adventure with the pals, an experience with your colleagues or a fund day out with your special someone the Troodos mountains promise an action packed day that you will remember for days to come.

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Nature Trails & Hiking

With a favourable climate all year round, the great outdoors of the island is easily accessible, and offers a myriad of opportunities to take a journey through nature, history and culture, thanks to the numerous sign­ posted paths and nature trails. A total of 22 designated walking trails have been created to highlight the beautiful landscapes and strong Mediterranean character of the island.

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Troodos Cycling Routes

Troodos offers an opportunity to get some fresh air and explore nature on a bike! As a Mediterranean island it is blessed with sunshine throughout the year and stays shy of headwinds, making the mountain region a biker’s paradise. Within a distance of 10 km, explore rapid changes in terrain and scenery, from rocky to clay and steep to flat. Find a number of bike centers dotted throughout the island offering rental service, route information, guide, assistance and support.

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Unesco Heritage

One of the first chosen lands the Apostles chose to spread the message of Christianity, Cyprus has deep religious roots. Being incorporated in the Classical Roman Empire and the Eastern Byzantine Empire, the island had many Byzantine monuments worth visiting. Ten of them are of such great importance and historic significance they were included in the UNESCO World Heritage List added in 1985. Churches dating from the 11th to 17th century can be found in the Troodos mountain range.

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Troodos Waterfalls

The gorgeous green wilderness of Troodos, nurtures some magnificent waterfalls. They may be rather small in size compared to those found in the rest of the world, but that certainly doesn’t mean that they aren’t beautiful. What’s more, you often have to make your way through some magnificent nature trails to get to them, as you’re given the chance to really experience the wild thick of things in the real rugged heart of the island.

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