A short, half hour drive away from the busting capital of the island (Nicosia) will take you to Cyprus’ first church constructed in the Russian style which was recently opened to the wider public (2017) and has promptly become a landmark for the Russian Orthodox individuals residing on the island.
The church isn’t hard to find seen as its golden domes can be seen from a distance, as you pass through the villages of Deftera, Episkopeio and Ergates to name a few.
Dedicated to Saint Andrew, the church is an impressive sight, while its surrounding premises offer a enjoyable day out for the whole family. The entrance to the church is adorned by a walking path featuring mosaics of a number of saints, while the beautifully painted interior of the church depicts scenes from Russian Ecclesiastical history. Adjacent to the Russian church is a beautiful wooden Romania church surrounded by a well looked after courtyard.
Built by Russian businessman Viatislav Zaragov and designed by Andreas Mouktaris Architects, the church aspires to serve the spiritual needs of Russian Orthodox residing on the island.
On the church grounds, one will find a well-equipped playground for children as well as a rest/picnic area ideal for family outings.