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Painted Churches

Painted church in Asinou / © cips/vidaluzThe inconspicuous church of Asinou with its steep-pitched roof is typical of an architectural phenomenon in the Troodos mountains. Ten of these Byzantine churches dating from the 11th to the 17th century are protected by UNESCO’s World Heritage List due to their outstanding style and their gloriously colourful frescos. Particularly worth mentioning are the churches Panagia Forviótissa in Asinou, Agios Nikolaos tis Stegis in Kakopetria, Archangelos Michail in Pedoulas, Agios Ioannis Lampadistis in Kalopanagiotis and  Panagia tou Araka in Lagoudera.


Tassos Papadopoulos / © cips/vidaluz(* 7. January 1934 in Nicosia; † 12. December 2008) was President of the Republic of Cyprus from 2003 to 2008.

Papadopoulos was a lawyer and has been a politician since the mid-sixties. Papadopoulos took an active part in the country’s liberation struggle as Head of the Nicosia Section of the EOKA (Ethnike Organosis Kypriakou Agonos) and later as General-Head of PEKA (EOKA’s political section). He was one of the four representatives of the Greek Cypriot side at the Constitutional Commission that drafted the Constitution of the Republic of Cyprus. From 2000 until August 2006 he was President of the Democratic Party (DIKO). He was married to Photini Michaelides (relative of Anastasios Leventis) and he had four children/stepchildren: Constantinos Yiorkadjis (since January 2012 Mayor of Nicosia), Maria Yiorkadjis, Nicholas and Anastasia.