Past & present in Cyprus

by David
(Poole, England)

I am returning to Cyprus for a holiday in about 10 days, having lived in Limassol 1976 - 79 and holidayed a couple of times in the '90's. The country had certainly changed between 1979 and the mid- 90's so I am expecting lots more changes on this visit. It's always been my favourite country and I have been lucky enough to travel to a few!


One thing I remember is a deserted monastery in Troodos hills, where there was a huge barbeque pit with long (4 metre!) skewers driven by water diverted from a stream up the hill. There used to be some good parties held here over the years but I cannot recall where it is. If anyone else remembers this and can point me in the right direction I would be grateful, just to revisit for old times sake and to see if it is still there! It was still there in 1996 anyway, so here's hoping.

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by: David

Hi Helen,

thank you for the advice - I will add these over the weekend as a seperate as you advise.

I will certainly get in touch when we are in Cyprus for that coffee!
Best regards,

David

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Adding Photos
by: Helen (website owner)

Dave you can't add a photo yourself to this page as it can only be done when submitting the orginal "story."

Please just post another "travel story" with the monastery in the title and add the photos when you do it. That way, it will get found much quicker anyway when people search for monasteries in Cyprus etc.

Once you've done that, I'll then create a link to it from your original post. That's much quicker than asking you to send me the photo and having to upload it myself.

Pleased to hear you are moving back to Cyprus too! If you move to the Polis area, get in touch so we can meet for a coffee :)

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Posting photo's
by: David

Hi Helen,

How do I post the photos I have just commented about to this page please?!

Happy New Year - see you in Cyprus soon.

David

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Mesopotamos monastery
by: David Cain

Just found the old photo's of the monastery as it was in the Eighties - it's very different now! Unfortunately I couldn't get a decent photo of the monastery when I was there in September as it was in the midst of more building work and they were not very welcoming to visitors!

Hopefully the work will be finished soon and the monastery will once again welcome people to visit - it is certainly worthwhile and is in a beautiful location.

As a result of our holiday we have decided to move to Cyprus to live - we arrive mid-April, so will be able to update this post when I have got the new photographs.

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Monastery
by: Helen (website owner)

Glad you found the monastery and look forward to seeing your pictures as I've not been there myself.

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Found it!
by: David Cain

Hi - been here on the island now for a few days and have seen many changes since my last visit.

A day out in the Troodos hills resulted in solving the mystery of the monastery with a barbecue - it is Mesapotamos monastery. This was abandoned for many years, resurrected as a restaurant and hotel for a while In the early Seventies (I think) but the venture failed and the place was left fall into disrepair. This was where the huge BBQ pits came from.

The difficulty in locating it is down to the fact that it has now been refurbished and is now a functioning monastery again. The BBQ pits have gone, it is surrounded by a high fence (though it is open to visitors) and there is an ongoing building programme to extend it.

I will post a photograph of how it used to look when I return to UK - it is still easily recognisable albeit much smarter now!

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Location of Berengaria hotel
by: Helen (website owner)

The hotel is situated on a hill overlooking the village - you can't miss it! If you're not sure which track to take out of the village (you have to walk the last part), just stop at the cafe on the roundabout outside the village and ask!

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Response or finding deserted monasteries
by: David Cain

Thanks Helen - that may just be the place, having dug out some old photo's. We arrive tomorrow (Saturday) and will get out there to try and find it - I'll let you know and post some piccies if it is right.

Any directions as to where around Prodromos would be helpful?!

Hope to catch up with you while we are out there - possibly looking to hire a couple of biles for a day or two.

Thanks again,
David

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Deserted monasteries in Troodos
by: Helen (website owner)

I don't know of any deserted monasteries that fit your description sorry. There are several working monasteries in Troodos but I can't think of any on the western side anyway that fit the bill.

Maybe it was the deserted Berengaria hotel at Prodromos, that looks a bit like an old monastery. It's set high on the hill above the village and is clearly visible from walks around Mount Olympus.

It's an imposing building which has been deserted since the early 80s having been built as the posh person's retreat in the early 30s.

Locals believe it is haunted by the 3 brothers who were left the hotel when their father died. They fought over it and went bankrupt levaing the hotel to decay into its current state.

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