Kykkos Monastery is one of the three largest and most historic Sacred Monasteries of Cyprus, belonging to the Church of Cyprus. In the Monastery there is the well-known icon of Panagia Eleousa (of Kykkos), which presents the Virgin Mary on the right, which according to tradition is allegedly hagiographed by Luke the Apostle.
The Holy, Vasiliki (Royal), Patriarchal Stavropigyan Monastery of Panagia Kykkou is located at the homonymous point of Mount Olympus in the western part of the Troodos mountain range near Throni tis Panagias (The Virgin Many’s Throne) at an altitude of 1300 m. It is called vasiliki because it was built with the financial help of the Emperor of Byzantium Alexios I of the Great Komninos (1081-1118), who sent the holy icon of the Virgin Mary, which was until then in the Byzantine palace in Constantinople and the Patriarchal Stavropigyia, when in 1818 with a congregation of the Ecumenical Patriarch Cyril VI was also recognised.
During the Ottoman domination it became a spiritual centre where it remains to this day. For its great contribution to the intellectual development of Cyprus, it has been honored by the Academy of Athens. In 1974, during the Turkish invasion of Cyprus and later, the monastery was used to house homeless people. The Archbishop of Cyprus Makarios III served as a probationary monk in the monastery.
It is dedicated to Our Lady and celebrates twice a year, at the Assumption of the Virgin on August 15th and at the Birth of the Virgin on the 8th September.
Today, the brotherhood has a significant number of monks, with the Abbot of the Most High Metropolitan of Kykkos and Tillyrias, Mr. Nikiforos. It is also the seat of the Bishopric of Kykkos.