St. Barnabas Monastery
St. Barnabas, born of a Jewish family in Salamis, returns
to Cyprus after his studies in Jerusalem and in 45 A.D.
starts to work with St. Paul as a missionary for Christianity.
of his activities he is killed by his compatriots and his
corpse is hidden in a marsh, later to be deposited into the
sea. The followers of St. Barnabas watch the events; they
take the corpse to an underground cave to the West of Salamis
and bury it there after putting a copy of the Bible made by
St. Mathews on his chest.
The corpse remains hidden for many years as its whereabouts
is known to noone. 432 years later, Bishop Anthemios says
he has seen the grave in his dream, and has the place dug.
When the grave is opened, St. Barnabas can be identified because
of the St. Mathews Bible. After this incident, the bishop
goes to Istanbul to inform Emperor Zeno, and gains the autonomy
of the Cyprus Church.
emperor makes a donation for a monastery to be built at the
location of the grave. The monastery constructed in 477 A.D.,
consists of a church, a courtyard, and living quarters for