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The Monastery Of St. Barnabas

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The Monastery Of St. Barnabas is located near the city of Famagusta, close to the famous Royal tombs. In General, the complex consists of churches, monasteries and small chapels, however, today this place turned into a tourist attraction. The Church is a Museum with a rich collection of old and new icons, the building of the monastery houses the archaeological exposition, a collection was found during excavations on the site of the ancient city of Salamis items. But in the chapel you can see the remains of St. Barnabas, in whose honor a monastery was built.

St Barnabas is one of the founders of the Greek Orthodox Church and is the patron Saint of Cyprus. He was born at Salamis, and educated at Jerusalem, where he witnessed the wonderful works of Jesus Christ. After that he sacrificed all his possessions, which he inherited from his parents, on the needs of the Church, and distributed to the poor. Returning to Cyprus as a preacher, Barnabas was able to Christianize the then ruler of the island, the protege of Rome Sergius Paulus. Thus Cyprus became the first country in the world where the ruler was a Christian.

However, despite the patronage of a Roman proconsul, Barnabas still had to be martyred for their faith. When he again came to the island, grabbed him, and an angry mob beat a preacher to death with stones. Companions Barnabas stole his remains and secretly buried under a carob tree near Salamis, laying on his chest, the gospel of Matthew. Over time, the burial place was forgotten.

According to legend, about 400 years later, in 477 BC, one of the Cypriot bishops saw in a dream the place where the Saint was buried. After some searching, the tomb of Barnabas was indeed found, and identification was due to the fact the gospel itself, put on the chest of the deceased. At the burial site, a Church was built, which, unfortunately, was completely destroyed during the Arab invasion in the VII century.

The current monastery was built much later, in 1750. It is still in excellent condition, also in 1991 there was held a large-scale reconstruction.