Renovation and External Works Of Agios Neophytos Monastery

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Renovation and External Works Of Agios Neophytos Monastery
The monastery of Agios Neophytos, in Pafos, is one of the most important religious Monuments of Cyprus. It is both a place of pilgrimage and of great interest to visitors. The monastery was built in the beginning of the 16th. century on the side of a steep hill covered in dense vegetation, beside a deep gorge through which flows a torrent of water. The monastery is situated in Tala, a village about 10 kilometres north of Pafos town centre at an altitude of 412 metres. Its north-westerly facing position offers unique views. To the west of the monastery is the Engleistra(Place of Seclusion) which was initially a natural cave on the eastern slope of the hill. The abbey is accessed from the eastern side up a steep road which leads to the visitor’s entrance. Before the alterations took place there were auxiliary buildings dating from the 1960’s which severely obstructed the views from the monastery. These buildings were demolished to open up and upgraded the exterior spaces and improve access to the abbey. The small square in front of the entrance of the abbey was redesigned using natural stone paving and new trees were planted which emphasized the setting of the Engleistra. These changes also enhanced the view of the valley and the sea below. New public washrooms were created below the level of the newly paved area. The roof of these facilities forms part of the square. People with special needs may access the Abbey from the Square via a ramp. The old drinking fountain and the Engleistra have been fully restored. Ample parking is situated on the eastern side of the Monastery. Toilet facilities and a small cafeteria have been incorporated into the natural environment by using local materials and planting plants and trees from the region.

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