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Trek Up to Profitis Ilias Church

Religious Sites

Famagusta

Overview

Just off the heart of Protaras’ center sits proudly above the town the church of Profitis Ilias (Prophet Elias). To reach it, it requires some stamina and endurance as you have to go up the 300 steps of the granite pathway, but it’s well worth the climb. The positioning of the church offers great views of Protaras and the coastline and especially at nighttime when the town’s lights are on. The church is also illuminated in the evening and looks majestic from many points of Protaras as its high location makes it easy to spot.

Staying true to Greek Orthodox churches, its interior is decorated with icons and paintings from the Bible and it’s exterior is of Byzantine style. Profitis Ilias was built in 1984, in the place of an older chapel, and honoured its region by using stones of the area, thus being in perfect harmony with its natural surroundings.

This is the most known church of Protaras and is used for many weddings and christenings.

 

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It is customary to tie a ribbon on the church's trees in memory of a loved one.

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