Aerial view of St. Barnabas Monastery.
St. Barnabas Monastery located in the Northern Cyprus, between Tuzla and Ancient Salamis, is dedicated to the patron saint of Cyprus, St. Barnabas.
St Barnabas was one of the founders of the independent Greek Orthodox church. He, was born in Salamis to a Jewish family of the Levi clan.
During his religious education in Jerusalem, Barnabas witnessed some of the miracles of Jesus, and in 33 AD, he took up the faith of Jesus, and donated the family properties to the early church and the poor people of Jerusalem.
While living in Jerusalem, he was appointed Archbishop of Salamis, and in 45AD he returned to Cyprus, accompanied by his cousin and follower John Mark, and by Paul of Tarsus.
The church is now an astonishing icon museum, housing an impressive collection of Cypriot artefacts dating back as far as the 7th Century BC, which are kept in the monks’ old cells.