The Church of Panagia tis Aggeloktistis stands in the Village of Kiti, in the Larnaca province of Cyprus. It was built in the 11th century over the ruins of a 5th century early Christian basilica. The interior of the church is covered in paintings rapidly done in watercolour on wet plaster. A mosaic portrays Virgin Mary standing and holding baby Jesus in her left arm, while Archangels Michael and Gabriel stand on either side.
Aggeloktistis means 'built by angels'. There is a story which describes how angels had come down during the night to build the church, hence the name. The mosaics of this period in Cyprus and in Mount Sinai are the only ones that survived the attacking of cherished beliefs and the ordering of the destruction of most icons.
If you want to experience some of Cyprus' significant ancient icons, this church should not be go unseen.
Panagia tis Aggeloktistis can be visited every day from 7:30-12:00 and 14:00-16:00.