Statos (near), Paphos Cyprus
Tradition holds that this monastery, one of the most ancient in Cyprus, was established in the 4th century by Saints Eftychios and Nicolaos. Eftychios brought stones from the temple of Greek goddess Gera. Nicolaos, a layman at the time, carved the stones. The two worked together, building the monastery. Eftychios lived and served there until his death, while Nicolaos lived here for a time as a hermit before returning to Lycia. Ancient manuscripts reference the two saints and their memories were venerated into the 18th century with this hymn, sung at the patronal feast, “Come you faithful, let us commemorate the two leading lights and founders of the monastery, Nicolaos the Great and Eftychios, brave healers of the Mother of our Lord.” The monastery, now under the care of nearby Kykkos Monastery, has one monk.