Archbishop Makarios III
Record: 10 m
Archbishop Makarios III, the first president of Cyprus, began his ecclesiastical career at the Kykkos Monastery in 1926. Before his death in 1977, Makarios requested to be buried on the summit of Throni Hill, which is near Kykkos Monastery and his home town of Panagia Village.
Makarios was buried in a tomb he himself had designed on a mountain peak above Kykko.
Throni Hill is located about 3 km from the Kykkos Monastery in the Troodos mountains, within the Nicosia district of Cyprus.
At the entrance to this site, there's a massive bronze statue of the former Cypriot president.Originally, the Makarios Statue was situated at the Archbishop's Palace in Nicosia, but it was moved to it's current location in 2008.
Near the monastery entrance, there's a sign pointing towards the Tomb of Archbishop Makarios III, which is situated in a guarded cave at Throni Hill.
From the Makarios Statue, there's a circular pathway leading towards Makarios' Tomb, where there's another pathway leading up the hill and magnificent views over the Troodos mountains and surrounding area.This is worth a visit.