Northern Cyprus

Monastery of St. Barnabas

Preserved monastery and tomb of St. Barnabas

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Monastery of St. Barnabas
Inserted: 27.12.2021
Author: Martin Javorský © gigaplaces.com
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Just a few kilometers north of Famagusta, on the southernmost edge of the Salamis archeological site, in the middle of the fields, there is a very well-preserved Orthodox church with the monastery of St. Barnabas. The church is in the middle of a very pleasant area with a former monastery, which is now converted into an archeological museum. Between the church and the monastery there is a pleasant courtyard with an atrium and a separate bell tower.

Courtyard of the monastery

The area was rebuilt to its current form in 1756. The monastery was inhabited by monks until 1976, now the former monastery houses an archeological museum.

Courtyard of the monastery
Author: Martin Javorský © gigaplaces.com

Church interior

In the interior of the well-restored church you can see a number of Orthodox icons, beautifully painted walls and a number of religious objects.

Church interior
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Tomb of St. Barnabas

About 150 meters northeast of the church is a freely accessible tomb of St. Barnabas. St. Barnabas collaborated with St. Peter on the Christianization of Cyprus. Because of this, he was assassinated around 45 AD, and his followers found his body and buried him in a cave. It was discovered in 432 and subsequently the tomb of the monastery was built on this holy site.

Tomb of St. Barnabas
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