The Cyprus Tourism Organisation in co-operation with the Forestry Department has issued a leaflet on the Nature Trails of the Troodos mountains range. Four main areas, each having its own character and charm are found on the Troodos mountain range. These are:
1. Pitsylia to the east of Mount Olympos
3. Marathasa Valley to the north of Mount Olympos
4. Krasochoria (the “wine villages” to the south (northwest of the Lemesos district). These areas are easily accessible from either Lemesos or Lefkosia. The actual Troodos area is found around Mount Olympos (height 1.951 metres).
Parakentro (Παράκεντρο) is a non-profit cultural centre in Lemythou Cyprus (Troodos mountain). Founded by Costa Cacoyannis and Pambos Kouzalis. Parakentro is a place for Artists, Poets and Musicians to reside as guests and exhibit, record and/or perform their work.
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Nine Byzantine churches in the Troodos mountains are included in the official UNESCO list of the World Heritage. These are: Stavros tou Agiasmati, Panagia tou Araka, Timiou Stavrou at Pelendri, Agios Nikolaos tis Stegis, Panagia Podithou, Panagia tis Asinou, Agios Ioannis Lampadistis, Panagia tou Moutoulla and Archangelos Michail at Pedoulas.
The impressive Troodos Mountains range with its idyllic forests stretches across most of the western sided of Cyprus offering cool sanctuary in summer and opportunities for sports in winter. Famous mountain resorts divine Byzantine monasteries and churches perched on mountain peaks or nestling in its valleys, as well as picturesque mountain villages clinging to terraced hill slopes make the splendour of Troodos.
The area has been known since ancient times for its miners and in the Byzantine Period it became a prominent centre of Byzantine art, as churches and monasteries were built in the mountains, far away from the threatened coastline.
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