Troodos Mountains

 

Troodos is the biggest mountain range of Cyprus, located in the center of the island. Troodos' highest peak is Mount Olympus at 1,952 metres.

 

The Troodos mountain range stretches across most of the western side of Cyprus. There are many famous mountain resorts, Byzantine monasteries and churches on mountain peaks, and nestling in its valleys and picturesque mountain villages clinging to terraced hill slopes.

 

The Troodos mountain is known worldwide for its astounding geology and the presence of undisturbed specimens of ophiolite.

Troodos slowly rose from the sea due to the collision of the African and European tectonic plates, a process that eventually formed the island of Cyprus.The slowing down and eventual almost stopping of this process left the rock formations near intact.

 

There are nine churches and one monastery in Troodos that are counted among UNESCO's Worl Heritage Sites and several other monasteries, of which the Kykkos monastery  is the richest and most famous. The nine Byzantine churches are:

 

-Stavros tou Ayiasmati 

-Panayia tou Araka

-Timiou Stavrou at Pelendri

-Ayios Nikolaos tis Stegis

-Panayia Podithou

-Assinou

-Ayios loannis Lampadistis

-Panayia tou Moutoula

-Archangel Michael at Pedhoulas

 

 

The area has been known since ancient times for its copper mines, and in the Byzantine period it became a great centre of Byzantine art, as churches and monasteries were built in the mountains, away from the threatened coastline.

 

In winter time Troodos welcome everybody to enjoy snow slopes and going in for skiing on a real ski resort.

 

There are a lot of local villages where you can see original culture of Cyprus. There are some of them, most popular through tourists for visiting: Platres, Kakopetria, Kalopanagiotis, Prodromos.