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Monastery is situated at an altitude of 870 metres
on the slopes of Mount Kionia in a picturesque
depression of the Machairas Mountains. It houses the
miraculous icon of Panagia of Machairas, attributed
to Agios Loukas the Evangelist. Legend has it that
an unknown hermit brought the icon to Cyprus
secretly from Asia Minor during the years of
iconoclasm (8th - 9th centuries).
Machairas National Forest
Park in the Pitsilia region of the Tro÷dos Mountain range
contains over 600 plant species, including 27 indigenous to
Cyprus. The dominant forest trees are the calabrian pine (Pinus
brutia) and the golden oak (Quercus alnifolia). Fauna
includes foxes, hares, hedgehogs, snakes, lizards and rare
endemic species of butterfly. Park birdlife includes the
Bonelli's eagle, the Cyprus warbler, the Cyprus wheatear,
the coal tit, the scops owl, the jay, the chukar and wood
pigeon. The two most important Cypriot rivers, Pediaios and
Yialias, spring from the Park.
Please click on the venue
from the table below for more details. The official
abbreviation appears in brackets.