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Turquoise Sea, Cyprus

Turquoise Sea, Cyprus

High up in the shaded splendour of the Troodos Mountains we waited for Polis, the key keeper. From outside, with its dusty walls and closed shutters, the tiny Orthodox chapel gave nothing away. Inside, as Polis slid a heavy key into the lock and pushed open the door, it was a different story altogether.

Cyprus is famed for its painted churches and as we gazed at the colourful Byzantine frescoes we could see why. Built and decorated between the 11th and 16th Centuries, 10 churches have been named UNESCO World Heritage Sites and we spent a happy few hours viewing several religious tales depicted on the crumbling panels.