Cyprus has inscribed on the World Heritage List ten churches which bear outstanding testimony to Byzantine civilization, are well-conserved examples of rural religious architecture and provide evidence for the links between eastern and western Christian art.
The ten churches, which date from the middle to the late byzantine periods (variously from the early 11th to the early 16th centuries), contain byzantine metropolitan art of the highest quality. They also display elements that are specific to Cyprus and that were determined by its geography, history and climate. The architecture of these small churches is unique, confined to the Troodos range and almost certainly of indigenous origin. Steep wooden roofs with locally manufactured flat tiles protect the churches from the rain and occasional snow.