Saint Mamas Church and Icon Museum

Saint Mamas Church and Icon Museum, Guzelyurt

Saint Mamas Church and Icon Museum - Guzelyurt

Saint Mamas Church and Icon Museum - Guzelyurt
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ALAIN P
Saint-Marcel, França773 contribuições
dez de 2019
Tres belle ancienne église orthodoxe qui serait le lieu où St Mamet a été enterré. A l'intérieur son cercueil suinte l'huile selon une légende entretenue par la voisinage. De très belles îcones très anciennes recouverte d'or sauf la figure de SYtMamet
Feita em 17 de dezembro de 2019
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Keith70
Worksop, UK654 contribuições
jun de 2019 • Casais
When we arrived the church was locked so we visited the museum next door who provided someone to open the church.
The icos are beautiful as is the church. We visited by car and parked in the museum car park which is only a short walk away. The church has cloisters which offer shade if you are stood outside the church.The building is impressive enough and well maintained.
Whilst the Icon collection is not as extensive as the collection in the Church and Monastery of St Barnabas it is still a very magnificent collection of religious Icons, it's certainly worth taking your time to visit and take a look at skilled art and craftwork dating back to the 16th century.
Feita em 22 de julho de 2019
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Patricia G
Worcester, UK1.033 contribuições
abr de 2019

Guzelyurt's showpiece is the attractive old monastery of St Mamas, which has been turned into an incon museum since 1974. The legend of St Mamas, the patron saint of tax avoiders, and his curious encounter with a lion is spread through a number of Cyprus churches bearing his name. But it is in this one his tomb can be found. And the richly-decorated interior, with its many icons gathered from other religious establishments on the island, is startlingly sumptuous, even though the building is small. The courtyard area is surrounded on two sides by attractive arched walkways.
Next door is the Archeological Museum, which has interesting artefacts unearthed at nearby Soli. Worth visiting
Feita em 11 de abril de 2019
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GeorgeMulder
Groningen, Países Baixos1.992 contribuições
mar de 2019 • Casais
St Mamas schijnt met zijn sarcofaag door Vroege christenen vanuit Kappadocië hierheen te zijn gebracht. In 1974 is dit gebied Turks geworden. Na jaren verwaarlozing is deze kerk met EU-geld opgeknapt. Dat geld is goedbesteed - het resultaat is mooi. Het aanraken van de sarcofaag heeft voor wie erin gelooft een geneeskrachtige werking. Voor de zekerheid laten zieken bovendien hun lijdend lichaamsdeel bij de heilige achter in de vorm van een kaars - oren, babies, je ziet van alles.
Feita em 4 de março de 2019
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Bob M
Birmingham, UK1.515 contribuições
nov de 2018 • Casais
This is an interesting church with many icons, strange wax figurines and a fantastic archbishop’s chair. It sems that St Mamas was into tax evasion….
Feita em 12 de dezembro de 2018
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Loobeloo999
Derby, UK365 contribuições
out de 2018 • Casais
7 tl entrance fee for the two sites: A museum & the church.
A Greek Orthodox Church full of icons & exceedingly ornate. Spectacular chandelier on a par with those at Versailles, giving out a beautiful quality of light.
Park your car at the Museum of Nature Antiquity next door. Ask for access to the church & they will take you over there & open it for you. Museum is worth a look especially if you know your birds.
Feita em 27 de outubro de 2018
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Taticrimea
Simferopol35 contribuições
out de 2018 • Casais
Были в археологическом музее и церкви Св.Мамас в октябре текущего года. Один билет дает право посещения и музея и церкви. В музее собраны достаточно интересные экспонаты из древнегреческих городов, таких как Соли, здесь и амфоры, и драгоценности тех времен. Мы ходили без экскурсии, но везде, как обычно в музее, все можно прочитать :-) Церковь Св.Мамас построена в Византийском стиле, внутри полностью сохранился иконостас, роспись на стенах и много на стенах икон, по-видимому привезенных из других церквей. Особая энергетика и атмосфера в таких местах, это не просто музей, а православная церковь, хотя в данный момент она не действующая, но судя по тому, что стоят свечи, которые периодически кто-то из верующих все равно зажигает, для верующих людей это святое место. Очень интересная коллекция икон. В таких случаях, хочется выразить благодарность за то, что сохранили и немного жаль, что в силу недофинансирования чувствуется некая неухоженность. Советую для посещения!
Feita em 14 de outubro de 2018
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Caroline B
Chichester, UK1.977 contribuições
abr de 2018 • Casais
St Mamas, is one of the most beautiful and best kept of Orthodox churches that are preserved as Icon Museums. Built on the site of an Aphrodite temple, it was constructed during the 18th century AD, on the site of an early Byzantine church, and is maintained by the Antiquities Department of North Cyprus.

We visited Guzelyurt to see this church while on holiday in Northern Cyprus. There is a car park near by but it is possible to park in front of the church with shops, cafes and toilets nearby. We parked near the Baklava shop – delicious – many variations.

A reasonable entrance fee covers both the church and the adjacent Guzelyurt Museum of Archaeology.

There was a helpful custodian who gave us an insight into the church and showed us the 'hole in the tomb'.

The church has a central nave, apse, and two side aisles A dome rises above the nave at the altar end. Columns are decorated with carvings, vine leaves and some rather heavy looking faces.
There are two marble pillars on either side of the Holy Door .
There is a magnificent crystal chandelier that hangs in the centre of the apse with hundreds of droplets.

This is but one of several churches on the island dedicated to St. Mamas around whom many legends have arisen.

One legend was that Mamas was a young holy man who lived in a cave outside the town limits during the Roman occupation. This was a time when all citizens were required to pay taxes. Mamas pleaded poverty and said he had nothing but the clothes he wore and the food given to him by charitable people from the town for whom he prayed in return.
The Roman authorities arrested him as his plea was not accepted.
On the way to town Mamas saw a lamb being attacked by by a lion. Mamas scooped up the lamb, jumped onto the lion's back and continued on his way to face his punishment. The court was astonished by what had taken place and decided he must be a truly holy man. His punishment was withdrawn and exemption from paying taxes, granted. So, Mamas became the patron saint of tax avoiders!

The other legend says Mamas was killed somewhere in Anatolia and was placed by his family in a stone coffin, aided by Jesus Christ! The coffin was said to have been swept away into the sea and washed up on the shores of Guzelyurt Bay.
A local farmer, harnessed it to two oxen and pulled it along as far as they could manage. A church was then built around it.

The marble sarcophagus of St. Mamas can be found, forming part of the north wall of the church. The lid of the tomb has been pierced, allegedly by someone who thought the tomb contained treasure. The hole created, now oozes a liquid that is said to have curative properties. Around the tomb you can see votive offerings in the shape of ears and tongues because St. Mamas is not only the Patron Saint of tax avoiders, but also those suffering with ear, nose and throat infections!

We enjoyed our visit to St Mamas, as also the Archaelogy Museum.

The Monastery buildings you see are now used for business purposes.
Feita em 27 de maio de 2018
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SMH739
Islamabad, Paquistão419 contribuições
nov de 2017 • A negócios
Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus population is majority Muslims, thus to find an ancient Church of Byzantine period, well preserved was a major surprise.
A visit to the adjoining icon museum is a must.
Feita em 27 de abril de 2018
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Howard F
Uppsala, Suécia272 contribuições
mar de 2018 • Casais
St Mamas was able to communicate with animals of all sorts. He is usually depicted riding a lion, and holding a lamb under his arm. There is a place in the church where a substance is exuded which is said to have curative properties, especially for eye and ear disease. More lovely icons, if you haven't seen enough on your Cyprus visit.
Feita em 30 de março de 2018
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