There are Many Christian Rings….There is Only One Ring of Christ.
An ancient Christian Ring, the oldest yet found, etched with Chi-Rho and alpha-omega was buried by a cataclysmic earthquake over 1600 years ago in the ruins of Kourion on the island of Cyprus.
Tens of thousands died across the eastern Mediterranean in the massive earthquake of 365AD…All were lost to history, all but one man and his family. He wore a small bronze ring etched with the monogram of Christ. This man died using his own body to shield the ones he loved. We know little else about him, aside from this act of final devotion, but what we do know is that he was a father and a Christian, and that he wore a Chi-Rho ring. Read his tragic story…
The Christian family died in this room
Their skeletal remains were unearthed in Kourion’s Earthquake House by a team from the University of Arizona.
A young Father reads their Story…
“I can look at the ring now and see that man’s love for his family. It reminds me of my own love.“
Ring of Christ in Sterling Silver
A modern reproduction of the ancient Chi-Rho ring found with a Christian father who died shielding his family.
The Little-known Early Christian History of Cyprus
Cyprus played an integral part in early Christian History, though the events of the first 400 years are often overlooked. Few people know that Christianity reached Cyprus before Barnabas and Paul arrived or that both Barnabas and Lazarus are buried here. Paul performed his first miracle and received his name in Paphos. Eustolios of Kourion was one of the first to openly dedicate his home to Christ. One of the oldest pieces of Christian jewelry ever publicly worn was found in Cyprus, which is also home to some of the world’s most ancient monasteries, housing sacred relics and precious icons.
The Island’s Basilicas
The building of basilicas began in the latter 4th Century, once Christianity became the Empire’s religion.
St Lazarus Church
Constructed during the 9th Century, the church is built over his tomb and his relics are venerated there.
Underground Churches of Cyprus
For two hundred and fifty years, Christians had to pray out of sight or underground.
The House of Eustolios
Eustolios’ House in Kourion was one of the first residences to be openly dedicated to Jesus Christ.
4th Century Chi-Rho
This symbol was etched onto the Christian ring unearthed at Kourion by David Soren and his team in 1987.
The Monasteries of Cyprus
Dating back to the 4th Century, Cyprus is home to some of the oldest monasteries in the world.
The Acts of Barnabas
Barnabas’ second mission to Cyprus ended in the Saint’s martyrdom and burial at Salamis.
Private Religious Tours of Cyprus
Our small, customized tours take you to Cyprus’ most holy sites, in the footsteps of Barnabas and Paul.
Barnabas and Paul’s First Mission
Not only did Barnabas and Paul visit Cyprus on their first mission, but Paul also performed his first miracle here