Cyprus, Kykkos Monastery

an image of black madonna, mary son of jesus in a veil around a statue

The Virgin, the Eleousa of Kykkos, Panagia of Kykkos, the Kykkotissa

Like the Holy of Holies in the Jewish temple, she is veiled. Only copies of her are allowed to be viewed by human eyes. Of those “copies” (variations on a theme) there are countless around the world.

This may be the original Kykkotissa

This may be the original Kykkotissa

One of the countless copies

One of the countless copies

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