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Anogyra is the only village in which continues the tradition of pasteli. Pasteli is produced from September to May because when the temperature is at higher levels, the pasteli does not easily coined. Until today in the village there are several families that professionally engaged in the manufacture of the product. Pasteli Museum, unique throughout Cyprus, aims of the presentation of the traditional manufacturing method of Pasteli, a traditional sweet with a key component of the carob juice. It is remarkable, that the inhabitants continue to BREW the traditional way, as rescued from generation to generation. The Museum is housed in the old Turkish Cypriot village school, which was renovated in the year 2000, while in the area can be seen and the old mill.
Monastery Timiou Stavrou
Ascending toward Anogyra, amongst locust-trees (carobs), almond trees, and vines, the ruins of the Holly Cross Monastery suddenly appear at the right side of the street. The Monastery of the Holy Cross is found in the venue of a post-Roman, early Byzantine settlement, which hasn’t been archaeologically researched, that is mentioned in the “Acts of the Apostles” as “chora Anogyron” (chora = land).
The church is built in the eastern part of a Basilica with three aisles, which perhaps is paleo-Christian. Other arch-covered Basilica with three aisles was built in the mid Byzantine times, extant up to some height.
Today’s church was built in the 14th century, in the style of a temple with one aisle and a cupola. Some remains of frescoes, which can be categorised as Paleologian painting and are dated back to the 15th century, are extant in the interior. Quite probably, they are the work of painters that ended up in Cyprus after the capture of Constantinople by the Ottoman Turks in 1453.
Today, unfortunately, only parts of these frescoes are extant. Segments of the co-officiating prelates are salvaged in the apse while at the eastern arch -in the Holy Bema -the only well preserved scenes from the Ascension and the Pentecost are salvaged.
Segments from the Evangelists are also salvaged -in good condition -in the spherical triangles of the dome.
In much more recent years walls were added to the ruins of the churches that were around the church -mainly in the south side -so as to create rooms serving the needs of the monks that settled there.
According to Kiriazes and Tsiknopoullos, one of the Crosses of the Omodos monastery originally belonged to the monastery of Anogyra; in troublesome times and after an order By the Metropolitan Bishop of Pafos, it was transferred there -where it still remains -for safety.
Legend has it that in the monastery’s region there is an underground tunnel, in which the monks that inhabited the monastery kept their treasures, and that they were eating with golden spoons and placing their breads upon silver, single-row loaf boards, these items still being-according to tradition -hidden in the tunnel! The archaeological research that began -and will continue more intensively in the future -will surely bring to light new evidence regarding this note-worthy monasterial complex and will become one of the most important archaeological sites of Cyprus.
Cherch of Arxaggelos Mixail
It diservers visits and turns on a candle in the old renovated building of 18th century in the center of village, which is dedicated in the Archangel Michail. This is an impressive church, where anyone can see and admire including the elaborately carved wooden shrine,and the wooden gallery. In the churchyard stand arched two rare Cyprus trees, Moracea.
Some of the events organised in the community are:
- Pasteli Festival-September
- Festival of Timiou Stavrou - 1st of August
- Summer Events – August