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Kouris Valley is about 20 minutes from Limassol and has a number of important Byzantine monumnets. They include the 12th century church of the Monastery of Panagia tis Amasgou, the church of Timios Stavros at Kouka village and the church of the Archangelos at Monagri.

The vaulted church of the Monastery of Panagia tis Amasgou has a second roof made of wood and tiles and has a series of wall paintings dating from the 12th, 14th and 16th centuries. The monastery now functions as a convent.

The church of Archangelos at Monagri was built in 1740 on the foundations of an older monastery that had burned down. Of special interst is its wood-carved icon stand. The northern buildings of the monastery have been restored and turned into an art centre.

The church of Timios Stavros at Kouka possesses a superb example of Palaeologue art in a 14th century wall painintg. The picturesque village of Lania, is also in the area, and is the beloved village of artisans.

 

Edited by Saskia Constantinou

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