There was a major ceremony at the monastery in Karpas yesterday to celebrate the anniversary of the death of St. Andrew, one of the twelve disciples.
It was once the Lourdes of Cyprus, served not by an organized community of monks but by a changing group of volunteer priests and laymen.
It was on this site that St Andrew briefly landed in Cyprus on his final missionary journey back to his Palestinian homeland. His footfall revealed a spring whose waters miraculously healed the blind captain of his ship.
Over one thousand Greek Cypriots from the South attended the ceremonies which lasted for three hours. There was a heavy police presence but there were no incidents and local shopkeepers were happy with the trade that day.