The Ancient Church & Monastery of Agios Nikolaos





FY20 Cypreco Agios Nikolaos June 21 2020With the coming of the COVID-19 crisis earlier this year, life has dramatically changed for all. As we have announced, the safety, health and well-being of our audience is our number one priority.  For this reason we have cancelled the presentation of the Agios Nikolaos mini-documentary before a live audience which was scheduled on June 4, 2020 at the Stathakion Cultural Center in Astoria, New York and instead featured it on television few weeks later.


In view of the new way of life when all of us have to comply with social distancing, CYPRECO quickly adjusted and worked towards alternative ways to make possible the presentation of this documentary. In this respect, and as advertised, on Sunday, June 21, 2020, CYPRECO, offered a televised presenation of the above unique mini-documentary within the weekly broadcast of the highly rated television show, AKTINA TV airing on WNYE Channel 25. Our mini-documentary successfully reached AKTINA TV’s vast established viewership in the Metropolitan area of New York comprised by Greek, Greek Cypriot Americans and New Yorkers of all other ethnic groups and backgrounds.


Over 850,000 viewers had the opportunity in the comfort of their home, to watch the documentary and we would like to thank all for their overwhelming response and for taking the time to reach out to us to provide their positive feedback. Furthermore, we are tremendously moved and greatly thankful to those who further expressed their appreciation for this televised presentation through their voluntary contributions.


This mini-documentary is part of the ongoing Folk Arts series, "Cyprus Its History and Culture Through The Ages" featuring very unique Cyprus Cultural Monuments and ancient archeological sites of immense historical and cultural value.  Filmed on location with the distinguished author and historian Andros Pavlidis, the Church and Monastery of Agios Nikolaos is among the most important historical sites of Cyprus.  It is situated on the northern slope of the famous Pentadaktylos mountain range on the eastern part and right below the centuries-old Kantara castle, exactly above the village of Davlos and dates back to the Byzantine era. The documentary is an in-depth walk-through presentation which highlights and examines the monumental importance of the church and monastery, its valuable ecclesiastical treasures that were housed there, while it also sheds light to its centuries-old history and events which took place at the site and which are closely associated to the turbulant history of the rest of the island.  Despite the fact that the church and monastery of Agios Nikolaos have suffered grave plundering and destruction during the 1974 Turkish invasion and subsequent occupation of almost 37% of northern Cyprus, the site remains one of the most valuable historical sites on the Mediterranean island.


This program was made possible in part by the New York City Departmet of Cultural Affairs, NYSED and private contributions.  AKTINA FM and AKTINA TV further promoted the event as Media Sponsors.


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