List of archbishops of Cyprus

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Archbishop of Nova Justiniana and All Cyprus
Chrysostomos II of Cyprus.jpg
Chrysostomos II
since 1 October 2006
Established1st century (ancient)
1571 (modern)

This is a list of Archbishops of Cyprus since its foundation with known dates of enthronement. The Church of Cyprus was created by St. Barnabas in 45 AD. The see of Cyprus was declared autocephalous by the Council of Ephesus, on 30 July 431; its autocephaly was abolished in 1260, and was restored in 1571. As the head of the Church of Cyprus, the holder is styled Archbishop of Nova Justiniana and All Cyprus.

Archbishops of Cyprus[edit]

First Autocephalous Period (45 AD–1260)[edit]

  • St. Barnabas (45)
  • Gelasios (325)
  • St. Epiphanios (368)
  • Stavrinos (403)
  • Troilos (431)
  • Reginos (431)
  • Olympios (449)
  • Stavrinos II (457)
  • Anthemios (470)
  • Olympios II (During the reign of Justinian)
  • Philoxenos (During the reign of Justinian)
  • Damianos (During the reign of Justinian)
  • Sophronios (During the reign of Justinian)
  • Gregorios (During the reign of Justinian)
  • Arkadios (During the reign of Justinian)
  • Plutarch (620)
  • Arkadios II (630)
  • Serghios (643)
  • Epiphanios II (681)
  • John I (691)
  • Georgios (750)
  • Constantine (783)
  • Akakios (after 787)[1]
  • Gelasios (after 787 and likely successor of Akakios)[2]
  • Theophanes II (early 9th century and likely successor of Gelasios)[3]
  • John II (early 9th century and likely successor of Theophanes II and predecessor either of Barnabas or Epiphanios III)[4]
  • Epiphanios III (890)
  • Vasilios
  • Nikolaos, later Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople
  • John III (1151)
  • Barnabas II (1175)
  • Sophronios II (1191)
  • Isaias (1209)
  • Neophytos (1222)
  • Georgios II (1254)
  • Germanos (1260)

Non-Autocephalous Period (1260–1571)[edit]

During the Lusignan and later Venetian rule from 1260–1571 the Church of Cyprus ceased to be autocephalous and came under the direct rule of the Papacy, its fourteen dioceses was reduced to four until after the Ottoman conquest in 1571, when the Ottomans, for expedient administrative reasons, restored to the Orthodox Church of Cyprus all its previous privileges and rights.

Second Autocephalous Period (1571–present)[edit]

See also[edit]



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