Throni of Panagia Kykkou
The Holy Icon and the Throne of Our Lady of the Rain
The throne of Panagia of Kykkos lies northwest of the Monastery of Panagia of Kykkos.
Photo: Theonitsa Constandinou
It is a rough mountain top with an altitude of about 1450 meters and is directly connected to the monastery.
Photo: Γεωργιος Γεωργιου
The Panagia of Kykkou, during the Venetian domination of the island, 1489-1571, was called the Virgin of the Rain, and so the fathers of the Kykkos monastery used to use the Holy icon of the Virgin of Kykkos during periods of drought. They would climb up through a path to the top of the mountain, where they would place the icon on a wooden throne and ask the drought to be over. From this fact, comes the name of the site, "Throni" of the Panagia.
This wooden throne today was replaced by the architecture of the architect Philip Loizou, which is characterized by elements of Byzantine and modern architecture. In fact this building is a canopy, supported by four pillars. Additionally there is a road about 2 km long that leads to it.
Photo: Athina Theodoulou
On the north, in a specially designed square, is the statue of Archbishop Makarios III, the work of sculptor Nikos Kotsiamanis. It was placed there in 2008 after being removed from the precinct of the Archdiocese, where it was originally placed, since a few meters below the Throne is the tomb of the Archbishop Makarios III (1950-1977).
Photo: Vagelis Despotakis
By the decision of the Metropolitan of Kykkos and Tillirias of Nikiforos, the premises of the Throne of the Virgin Mary, the tomb and the statue of Makarios were formed and unified with pedestrian streets, while a considerable number of mosaic compositions were placed along them.
Photo: Marios Manoli
From 2011, a new temple was built at the top of the mountain to replace the older one that was demolished.
For the map of the area, click HERE