UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE – BYZANTINE PAINTED CHURCHES (Troodos Mountains)
The Troodos area is characterized by one of the largest groupings of Monasteries and Churches of the Byzantine Empire dating from the 11th to the 17th centuries. This complex of 10 monuments in Troodos, all richly decorated with murals and icons, is on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites List due to their important historical and artistic value. The artistry in this complex of Churches and Monasteries gives an overview of Byzantine and post-Byzantine painting in Cyprus. The smaller of the Churches are characterized by a rural architectural style which is in somewhat stark contrast to their extremely refined adornment.