George of Symvoulas

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Icon of St. George of Symvoulas, from the Monastery of Christ of Symvoulas, in Cyprus

The ancient icon of St. George of Symvoulas was found in June 1992 within a cave in the area, belonging to a British military base, near the sea, of the deserted "Monastery of Christ of Symvoulas," located near the District of Limassol in Cyprus. The locals honour the icon twice a year on April 23 and November 3.

Since this finding, a continuous miracle is known to take place there for the faithful: a continual spring of fresh water comes out from the ground in the cave where the icon was found. The locals refer to this water as agiasma (holy water) and drink it or bathe in it in order for their bodily ills to be cured. A small church dedicated to St. George the Trophy-bearer is in construction to honour the finding of the icon and has been named the Church of St. George of Symvoulas.[1]


  1. The name Symvoulas comes from the Greek work for symvoulio, meaning council. It is speculated that the Monastery of Christ of Symvoulas took that name during the Byzantine times when the Bishops of the Church of Cyprus used to meet at that location for there councils. The reason this location was preferred by the Bishops for their council meetings was probably due to the geographical location of this area. (Information from a pamphlet about St. George of Symvoulas (PDF), p. 9.