Majestically rising above the surrounding buildings in the heart of the village of Omodos stands Timios Stavros Monastery, the Monastery of the Holy and Life-giving Cross.
It was built over a cave in which a cross has been found by the local people of Koupetra in the 4th century. When exactly Timios Stavros Monastery was built is unknown but references to its existence go back to before St. Helena's arrival in Cyprus in 327 AD.
It is said that two of the most holy relics, part of the Holy Rope, with which the Romans bound Christ to the Cross, and the Holy Rood have been left in the monastery by St. Helena.
Timios Stavros Monastery is one of the oldest and most important monasteries of the island of Cyprus.