Trooditissa Monastery in the Troodos Mountains
Trip Start Mar 03, 2010
145Trip End Feb 06, 2011
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Where I stayed
Olga's Katoi Traditional House, Kalopanagiotis
VISITING TROODITISSA MONASTERY TODAY!
After a rich breakfast with the company of my friends Agni and Dino we set off for the Monastery. I was a young girl back then when I visited this Monastery with my parents…. The last time that I can remember was about 37 years.
I remember we were always traveling almost every week those days, and I believe this is one of the reasons I still love so much to travel. It has become a passion to me. I am actually addicted to it.
Distances those days were hard to be covered, -smaller cars that could hardly fit 5 persons, dirt and narrow roads
I remember my Mum would take out the picnic basket and we would have a quick snack while waiting for the engine to cool down. Other times we would have a short walk and pick capers found on the sides of the dirt road. There was always something interesting to do, but at the same time I was scared thinking that the car engine would explode. My Dad had always water in the trunk. Throughout the way we used to sing a lot the four of us – my parents, sister and myself.
Sometimes we were driving to the Troodos Mountains with friends who had no car of their own. We would then try to fit 4 adults and 3 children in a very small car. I had no idea how we managed, but we did. My Dad could fit even more if he had to….. Other times when going with friends, there would be 8 or 10 cars one behind the other, and it was really funny what was happening when all these people from the 10 cars stepped out of their cars. I remember once we left behind a cousin of mine who was 2 or 3 years old. Everyone got in their car leaving behind my cousin. After a few kilometers his Mother asked for him, and she had to stop everyone asking if the child was in the cars that followed behind. The child remained in the field scared waiting for us to return!!! I was about 12 years old that time.
As Dino drives, pictures from the past come to mind
We were not rich, but we knew how to enjoy life.
I am still not rich, and surely I know how to enjoy life, and this is one of the reasons I am out here today.
We come to Trooditissa and I am just going to mention some things about the history of it.
The Monastery was originally founded the 13th century. The present church dating from 1731 contains many valuable icons including a priceless icon of the Virgin Mary plated with silver-gilt from Asia Minor. A large religious fair is held in the grounds on 15th August. The monastery is closed for visits.