Cave Church at Ayia Thekla

Cave churches and catacombs are found all around Cyprus, and perhaps there is also evidence of one or more church houses. Christianity came early to Cyprus in 34AD, and the Followers of the Way had to have safe meeting places where they could hear the ‘Good News.’

The persecutions of Christians was not a daily occurrence, and often there were long periods of time when Christians lived in peace with those around them. For almost 250 years until the Edict of Milan they could take not chances, however; when the community wanted to gather, they removed themselves to isolated, private places.

St Hilarion Underground Church at Paphos
St Hilarion Underground Church Complex at Paphos
Catacomb of St Barnabas
(Dating to 1st Century)
Kyrenia Carved Cave Churches
(Dating to 4th Century)
Soli House Church
(Dating to 1st Century)
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