Monday, July 1, 2013

St Barnabas Monastery, Famagusta, Northern Cyprus

Famagusta is a city on the east coast of Cyprus. It is the ‘de facto’ capital of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, which is only recognized by Turkey.

St Barnabas, a Cypriot Jew, was one of the earliest Christian disciples in Jerusalem. He was one of the founders of the independent Greek Orthodox church, and is the patron saint of Cyprus.

The building that we see today dates from the 1750s. Once the centre of the Cyprus Orthodox church, the monastery is still in good condition. The monastery of St Barnabas is very important to the Orthodox Church, and is considered a place of pilgrimage. 

In 2012 Northern Cyprus issued a set of two Europa stamps. Stamps issued by Northern Cyprus aren't recognized on an international level. Mail sent from TRNC is handled by Turkish mail.


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