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Troodos Painted Churches

The Troodos is by far the biggest mountain range on Cyprus. While the Kyrenian Mountains are just one long, thin chain extending from west to east for something like 30 or 40 miles, the Troodos is a complex, interlocking system of ridges and valleys, crowned by Mount Olympus (with its 1923 m the highest point on the island). The landscapes, the tiny villages, the sheer variety of plants and the different types of rock: all that is fantastic — but even more astonishing are the so-called painted churches.

Inside this church literally every single square inch is covered with these marvelous paintings (technically they're not frescoes as they were not painted on still moist plaster but only after the stuff had dried. Everybody refers to them as frescoes, though.). In Asinou, they date mainly from the early 12th to the 15th century.

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