Ayia Napa is a popular summer resort in the eastern Mediterranean. Located at about 35km east of Larnaca, it is a pole of attraction for locals and tourists alike. It was named after the icon of Virgin Mary of Napi and it is also noted for its monastery.
The monastery was built around the 15th century, when Cyprus was under Venetian rule. The daughter of a rich Venetian family is believed to have found refuge in this area because her parents wouldn't allow her to marry someone who was not an aristocrat. Legend has it that a rich Venetian woman funded the church, the cells and the flourmill in 1500.
Later on, in 1950 extensive repairs were made to preserve the original church . In 1990, considering the increasing number of population in the village of Ayia Napa, a new church was built. Both churches celebrate on September 8 - Virgin Mary's birthday.