St Nicholas of the Cats

Akrotiri, Limassol, CY
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The monastery, situated in Cape Gata at the north - east side of Acrotiri Salt Lake, is probably the oldest one in Cyprus. According to the tradition, it has been founded by St Helena on her way from Jerusalem. It is said that St. Helena also left a piece of the Holy Cross at the Monastery. Cyprus was suffering from severe drought at the time and the area had been infested by snakes. Emperor Constantine, the son of St Helena, sent a commander to Cyprus who landed on Cape Gata (cat) with thousands of cats to exterminate the snakes. The chapel was abandoned in the 16th c. In the early 1980’s it has been reinstated by Greek Orthodox nuns and has been shelter to hundreds of cats.

Open Daily from 08:00 - 17:00.