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Cyprus always has something unknown to offer. Something secret that definitely sparks the attention. The Virgin Mary Evangelist’s Chapel is located 1km southwest from Xilofagou Village.

Virgin Mary Chapel
Virgin Mary Chapel

The tradition says that in the 13th Century, there was a Monastery in the place of the Chapel that is located there now. But due to the raids in Cyprus at 1426, the Monastery was destroyed. One of the 12 monks that were living in the monastery, took the icon of Virgin Mary and took refuge in a cave nearby.

Virgin Mary Chapel
Virgin Mary Chapel

Somewhat 200 years later, the monastery was discovered and in the rubbles of the cave, some locals managed to retrieve the icon of Virgin Mary. In 1887 the Chapel was built and in 1980 is was renovated by a family of locals.

Virgin Mary Chapel
Virgin Mary Chapel

In 2006 a trail from the Chapel to the Cave was built by a man and his grandson and to this day, it stays there. As a testament of what dedication and love for your heritage can create.

Virgin Mary Chapel
Virgin Mary Chapel
Virgin Mary Chapel
Virgin Mary Chapel
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