Ancient holy caves of Vasa Koilaniou

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Ancient holy caves of Vasa Koilaniou

Post by cyprusmax47 » Wed May 29, 2019 6:36 pm

After a one hour drive from Paphos, using the road next to the dam in the Dhiarizos valley, passing Trozena bridge, one will arrive at the nice village of Vasa Koilaniou. It is easier to find the Ancient holy caves of the village if you use the old road, as they are right at the beginning of Vasa, next to the small museum and cemetery. In this post I will only show the caves, but the village has much more interesting things to look, at a later time...

So this is the view from the road just 20 meters before you reach the church and the caves and where you have to park your car and continue walking..
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Here the little church Apostle Varnavas, built recently, while the Apostle was living in the cave next to it in ancient times...
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Inside modern church art
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Just outside the church the path to the cave
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hidden entrance
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and here the entrance
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more close
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side view
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I was leaving this cave and searching for the second cave just 100 m further the same track. It is the cave of Apostle Timonas which in Cyprus is honoured by the locals when they need help. There is also village story that during Ottoman rules pregnant women went here to give birth and hide in case the Turks would take their babies...

So here the entrance
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This cave is much larger and contained five large ancient tombs
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it confirms perhaps the story with the children..
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center
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nice swallow nest
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side arch
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and finally another photo from the outside of the cave where one can see strange formations, perhaps through erosion...
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I must say visiting this area is really worth the time and the village is nice as well.

Max

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