The monastery was founded around the end of the XI century Byzantine emperor Alexios I Comnenus. The first mention of the monastery in the annals refers to the 1136-th year, and the text implies that by this time he had already existed for some time.
According to legend, in the area of the future of the monastery complex there lived an old hermit Isaiah. One morning, the Byzantine governor of Cyprus Manuel Vutomitis resting in the village Marathasa decided to hunt in the woods and got lost. Finding the way back Manuel met Isaiah. Viceroy asked him to show the way, but a vow of silence hermit nor said a word. Angry Manuel Vutomitis hit Isaiah. Steward still found his way home, but returned ill from an incurable disease "Shatikov" (one of the forms of paralysis). Losing the power of piercing pain, he recalled how inhumanly dealt with a hermit, and told him to bring Isaiah. Manuel asked forgiveness of Isaiah, and Isaiah asked Manuel Vutomitisa give him an icon of the Virgin Mary, written by the Apostle Luke in Cyprus, which was kept in the palace in Constantinople from the Emperor himself. Manuel soon recovered and was forced to go behind the icon. The emperor was against the transfer icon to Cyprus, but his daughter is also understood the serious illness. Manuel told the emperor about his illness and assured him that his daughter also recover and give the icon. After that, the Emperor Alexios I Komnenos handed over the icon of the Virgin Mary, and Isaiah has allocated money for the construction of the monastery where the icon could is intact. And his daughter was soon healed. Since the monastery was founded by imperial decree and the means of the Emperor Alexius Comnenus, he received the epithet "royal".
Every believer who comes to the sacred icon of the Virgin, heals. The sanctity of the image depicted on the icon, is very high and not everyone can even just look at her, so in 1795 the icon was silver frame, close up image. However, the icon of the Kykkos Monastery attracts many pilgrims, and more recently it has become popular among tourists annually army of 100 thousand people.
This icon is one of three written by the Apostle Luke personally with the Mother of God - in some ways it is a portrait. Icon has a very high value and cherish in the Kykkos it with special care. Thus, the monastery burnt out four down: in 1365, 1541, 1751 and 1813, but each time the relic rescued from the fire.
From the first days of its foundation Kykkos remained the center of Orthodox Christianity on the island. In 1821, the monastery was plundered by the Turks at the time, and his property was removed almost completely. Only in the middle of the XX century, the monastery complex was rebuilt, and already in 1980 renovated and decorated with paintings and mosaics.
The monastery is located at an altitude of about 1140 meters above sea level west of the Troodos mountain system. In the northern part of the monastic complex in 1995. The church museum was founded by the decision of Abbot Nikiforos. His collection is considered one of the best in Cyprus. The church utensils, old books, lamps, candlesticks, clothing church leaders - these are just a few of the things that kept carefully in the cloister museum. The museum also houses an exhibition of ancient icons.
Today Kykkos Orthodox services continue to take place - the monastery lives its own life and at the same time with the same hospitality welcomes many visitors.