Saint Kalandion of Cyprus26 April 2015
After the fall of Palestine to the Arabs, a large number of crusaders (soldiers, clergy and lay people) settled in Cyprus. Many of them led a hermit’s ascetic life and they were classified among the “Saints and Pious” of the island. To these are attributed many miracles and they comprise the 300 Alaman Saints of Cyprus. Alaman is a corruption of the French term Allemand, meaning German, and derives from the conviction that they had served in the German army of the Crusaders, being tall and tough.
To the Alaman Saints belonged Kalandion, Agapios and Varlaam who lived as hermits in the region of Pano Arodes, near Paphos. The church of the village was built in the 18th century and is dedicated to the memory of Saint Kalandion, being the single church in the world dedicated to Saint Kalandion, who was Patriarch of Antioch (481-485) and brought back the relics of Eustathius, ending the known Schism of Antioch.
There are two ancient sarcophagi on either side of the church, one for the Saint Agapitikos, which is believed to be the tomb of Saint Agapios and the other, on the north side, which is believed to be where Saint Varlaam is buried.
There is another church just outside the village, the Virgin of Chrysospiliotissa. The area was an important Medieval settlement called Thermokrini that disappeared at the end of the Ottoman occupation. There still remain a few scattered stones of the old houses…