Unesco Churches in Solea Region, 2 Churches
On this very special full day tour, we discover Cyprus’
deep religious roots and their vital role in the history of
We visit beautiful awe-inspiring churches and
monasteries, some of the most iconic on the
island. The mountain range of Troodos is home to a
veritable treasure trove of these sacred places largely
untouched by time.
Cyprus is located at the crossroads within the Eastern
Mediterranean, the island boasts one of the largest
concentrations of churches and monasteries dating
back to the Byzantine Empire. Ten of these beautifullypreserved
churches are included in the UNESCO World
Heritage List. Located in the areas of Pitsilia, Solea
and Marathasa, they feature unique, steep-pitched
timber roofs, chunky wooden doors and stunning
interiors with icons and frescos of saints, apostles and
stories from the Bible.
During our tour we will visit two of these important
and stunning churches in Solea region, Agios Nikolaos
tis Stegis and Panagia Podithou. The church of Agios
Nikolaos tis Stegis (St. Nicholas of the Roof) sits in
the Solea Valley, 5km from Kakopetria village, and is
This domed, cross-in-square church once belonged to
a monastery complex and derives its name from its
pitched timber roof that was built to protect it from
severe weather. It is the only surviving monastery church of its kind on the island. The interior walls are covered with paintings from the 11th to the
17th century and this is one of the most interesting
Byzantine churches in Cyprus.
The church itself dates from the 11th century, while
the monastery dates from the end of the 13th,
beginning of the 14th century. It flourished from
the Middle Byzantine period up to the period of
the Frankish Empire and ceased functioning as a
monastery by the end of the 19th century.
Panagia Podithou is in Galata and one of four
painted churches in the village. Once belonging to a
monastery, the church was built in 1502 through the
donation of Demetre de Coron and his wife Helen.
Demetre, a captain of the barony of Pentageia.
At the end of our excursion, we will visit the Kakopetria
village, located in the Troodos mountain range.
Thanks to its charming character and breath-taking
scenery of pine forests across the Karkotis Valley, this
pretty village is a popular summer resort.
The village’s old quarter, featuring narrow, stone-paved
alleys and restored two-storey houses with wooden
balconies, is also a protected heritage site.