Monastery of Panagia Apsinthiotissa

PANAGIA  APSINTHIOTISSA

About a mile of the village are the remains of the ruined monastery of Panagia Apsinthkiotissa or Apsinthiotissa.
Its a Greek Orthodox monastery probably established in the 11h or 12th century as a Byzantine imperial foundation and continued to enjoy a degree of prominence in the Lusignan and Venetian periods. 

The church of the monastery is the only hexagonal church in all of Cyprus, and was built in the late 11th century. During the late 14th century the church was ready to collapse, so internal supports and arches were build to support the dome and the apse. An orthodox church with narthex consisting of two apses on south and north sides. Octogonal pylasters support groined cross vault. Boss with relief cross. Also pylasters for statues on sides of the north apse. North and south cross vaults are missing. Incised and Plan nave with dome. Apse with secondary niches on either side. Two steps to altar space on raised floor. Refectory one nave with apse four transverse barrel vaults. There are fragments of paintings (12th – 14th century) and in the apse of the north aisle is the broken tombstone of a woman in 15th century costume.

In the 18th century the monastery was abandoned.