Church of Profitis Elias, Protaras

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With a typical orthodox interior that features biblical images on walls and ceilings, Church of Profitis Elias stands above towns and valleys overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. You'll need to climb some 150 stairs to reach this small stone church with one dome and a bell tower, built in Byzantine style. Visitors often tie a piece of cloth or a ribbon to a nearby tree, signifying a remembrance of a loved one. At the top, you'll be 100 m (330 ft) above area surroundings with expansive views of the bay bellow. Be sure to take water with you, as the climb can be tiring. To visit Church of Profitis Elias on your trip to Protaras, use our Protaras trip website.
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  • We visit every year and buy ribbons to put on the trees along with everyone else however no ribbons were on sale even though shop was open & lady was very abrupt when asked, so the trees were full of....  more
    We visit every year and buy ribbons to put on the trees along with everyone else however no ribbons were on sale even though shop was open & lady was very abrupt when asked, so the trees were full of....  more »
  • Well worth a visit on an evening for the sunset. Beautiful views across the bay and local area. Its somewhat ruined by the amount of litter up there as there is a complete lack of bins, or even... 
    Well worth a visit on an evening for the sunset. Beautiful views across the bay and local area. Its somewhat ruined by the amount of litter up there as there is a complete lack of bins, or even...  more »
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  • Worth climbing up the 150 something steps to visit Monte Elias church in Protaras. Lovely paintings inside. Ribbons of remembrance tied to tree outside. Lovely views of Protaras. Would imagine the views would look spectacular at night. Also a little souvenir shop behind the church.
  • Very beautiful byzantine church. You need to take the stairs to reach it. It has a really nice panoramic view of Fig Tree Bay. Better to visit at sunset.

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