Caves of Vasa Koilaniou -Cyprus

Trip Start Oct 09, 2011
Trip End Oct 21, 2011

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Flag of Cyprus  , Limassol,
Monday, October 10, 2011

The Two Caves of

Apostle Varnavas and Timonas

The cave of apostle Varnavas is located in the north-west of the village and it is the cave where the Saint led a hermit's life.

Part of the holy shrine and the skull of the Saint are kept in the main church of Evangelistria. Leontios Machaira refers in a script that until the year 1897 there was a church dedicated to Saint Varnava and it was located in the same place of today’s church of the Virgin Mary of Evangelism.(Evangelistria)

The other cave is dedicated to Saint Timonas and it is the place where 5 ancient tombs were found. Cypriots honour the two Saints and are witnesses of great miracles. They consider both their saints as live saints who are there for them when they ask for their help. In this second cave of Sait Timona it is said that in the years of the Ottoman domination, pregnant women found refuge in this cave to save their new born babies.  For this reason they had their babies born here as they were afraid that Turks might take them away from them. An interesting graven remembrance of the 18th century is found on one of the walls of the cave.

The Photo Showing the Miracle:

While I am in the cave of Saint Varnava the picture above the icon attracts my attention and I ask why it has been put above the Saint's icon.  Father Nikolas tells me that it was taken many years back and it shows the miracle that happened on that particular day. The photo shows bright light falling like a waterfall in the cave. Father Nikolas tells me of the miracle because he was present when this happened.

In short the person who had taken the photo could not understand what was happening with her camera. She thought it had suddenly broken. When the priest asked what was wrong she replied that through her lens she could see a tiny gold thread moving circularly on the side of the lens. Of course what was happening in the cave that moment was not vissible by human eye. This happened while they were having a divine Service in the Cave.

Father Nikolas kneeled down and asked the people who were present to do the same and they all started praying. Nobody could understand what was happening until the film was developed and the result was this bright light coming down through the cave which the lens grabbed.

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rossport on

sometimes Miracles happen when least expected Popi and again thank you for a lovely tour and photo's

greekcypriot on

Miracles happen daily, we are just not so humble to notice them. But I believe in miracles and in prayer .

geoffleeds on

I really enjoyed this posting , Popi . I think that the spiritual aspect of humanity is a very real and powerful part of us all .
They are so many physical locations on our world that appear to possess this magical quality ; this divine aspect to life .
I get the same esoteric experience from visiting the old neolithic standing stones not too far from my home . For me your Cypriot cave is one of these many nodes of the force that is the essense of the metaphysical . They inspire love and joy in the human heart . And that is a good thing ; is it not

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