Panagia tou Sinti

In Pentalia village, in the Paphos district are located the remnants of Panagia of Sintis, a monastery dating back to the 16th century. This religious landmark that was dedicated to Virgin Mary, remained in operation until the 1920s, when it was finally abandoned.

Despite the great destruction of the monastic complex, it is not difficult to conceive of its initial form. Nowadays, the ruins of the monastery, built with local stone, surround a large inner courtyard. A remarkable example of the post-Byzantine period is the single-aisled church, comprising the southern side, while on the remaining sides are located the monastic cells and the monastery’s auxiliary spaces. In the middle of the courtyard there is a well, from where the monks used to obtain water, while near the construction are located its two watermills that have been preserved until today.

Apart from its religious importance, this unique landmark is worth visiting for its admirable architecture; its dimensions, the materials used for its construction, but also the color, fit perfectly with the landscape of the surrounding area.

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