AMMOCHOSTOS REGION IN A SNAPSHOT
Places that are NOT occupied by the Turkish army and thus
accessible by tourists.
PARALIMNI - AGIA NAPA
Since the Turkish military occupation of Famagusta in 1974, this small
town has become the temporary administrative center of the district. The
twin-aisled vaulted church, dedicated to the Virgin Mary (Panagia), is
decorated with unusual 18th-century porcelain plates. The church, parts
of which belong to the 13th century, houses a small ecclesiastical
Originally a fishing village, it is now a major tourist resort. The
charming medieval monastery dedicated to 'Our Lady of the Forests' stands
in the middle of the village. Its 16th-century church is partly
underground and cut into the rock. The sycamore tree in front of the
south gate is believed to be over 600 years old. Visit the Maritime
The village has three interesting churches, dating from the 15th and 17th
centuries. From this village you can look at the 'ghost city' of
Ammochostos, now under occupation by the Turkish forces.
Here you'll find the partly ruined church of Agios Mamas, which was built
in the 12th century and rebuilt in the 16th. Most of the surviving
frescoes date from then. About 15 Km to the west is the church of Agios
Georgios, an early Christian basilica.
Here is a 16th-century church dedicated to the Virgin Mary and the
15th-century church of Agios Andronikos, with an octagonal dome and
murals. Liopetri still carries on the traditional craft of basket making.
The village of Frenaros has its own small Byzantine churches. Two of
them, the Agios Andronikos and the Archangelos Michail, date back to the
12th century. The church of Agia Marina has some interesting frescoes
painted by different artists.
A picturesque fishing refuge. Nearby are the remains of a Venetian
watch-tower. The French poet Arthur Rimbaud worked in this area in the
Leoforos Kryou Nerou, 12
Agia Napa; Tel: (03)721796
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