North Cyprus – A pristine and popular vacation spot

north cyprus - a pristine and popular vacation spot

North Cyprus is one of the few unspoiled, most beautiful, and popular Mediterranean island vacation spots. There are activities for couples, families with children, adults, and children of all ages. Despite the fact that North Cyprus is a Muslim country, history has left it with several significant holy sites that are of great importance to Christians.

You would not regret visiting the popular vacation spots in the Mediterranean

If you are looking for North Cyprus hotels on your own, Kyrenia is an excellent starting point because it is strategically located for religious sites. St Barnabas in the east, just north of Famagusta and near Salamis, the Apostolos Andreas Monastery at the extreme point of the Karpaz peninsula, and St Mamas church in Guzelyurt are three notable locations to visit. The history of these churches is intriguing, with each one having its own tale and a unique role in the Christian faith.

apostolos andreas monastery - a spot in the mediterranean
apostolos andreas monastery

First and foremost, you can go east to St Barnabus to view the monastery and mausoleum where the saint’s coffin presently sits. Apart from contemporary icons and frescoes depicting the life of St Barnabas, the monastery has an interesting archaeological museum.

st. barnabas monastery one of the popular spot to visit in the mediterranean
st. barnabas monastery

 

St Barnabas is credited with the conversion of Cyprus to Christianity. St Barnabas was a Salamis-born Jew. He was transferred to Jerusalem to pursue his study, but he converted to Christianity at some point. When he returned, he and St Paul began to teach Christianity, which infuriated the Jewish people. In 45AD, he was murdered by Jews and his body was dumped in the marshes. His body was surreptitiously retrieved and buried behind a carob tree to the west of Salamis, with a copy of Matthew’s Gospel on his breast, under the watchful eye of Christian converts.

Bishop Anthemios received the location of the body in a dream 432 years later. He issued the order to investigate the location, and sure enough, the bones of St Barnabas were discovered, together with the Gospel. Archbishop Anthemios presented his findings to Emperor Zeno of Constantinople, who approved finances for the construction of a monastery on the location and granted the Church of Cyprus autonomy from the Patriarch of Constantinople.

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