St. Barnabas Monastery

September 9, 2016 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Famagusta,Sights and Museums

The beautiful monastery of St Barnabas is only a stone throw away from the city of Famagusta.  It’s relaxing and spiritual aura will stay with you long after your return home.  Set among a mini forest of Cyprus Pine, the monastery is the home to the “Archaeological and Icon” museum.  With its beautiful gardens in the central courtyard, it is the perfect place to relax and soak up the warm sunshine.

The archaeological museum houses ancient artefacts from the period circa 2500 BC to the most recent finds that date to the British era.  All artefacts are from local excavations.

The monastery is built close to the spot where St Barnabas is said to have been buried after he was stoned to death by the inhabitants of Salamis to whom he preached the Gospel.  The discovery of the tomb in the fifth century Ad by Bishop Anthemios of Salamis/Constantina, to whom Barnabas appeared in a dream to reveal the site of the grave, was responsible for the church of Cyprus obtaining its independence.   Anthemios was received by Emperor Zeno in Constantinople and brought with him the copy of St Matthews Gospel which was found in the tomb. In return the church was given independence.

The monastery has now been converted into a museum: the main building was built in 17 56 upon the foundations of a much older church. The church now houses beautiful and priceless icons, with two of its major walls used to depict the life story of St Barnabas with breathtaking murals.   Close to the monastery you can find the spot were St Barnabas tomb was found.


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