Islam is the official religion of Northern Cyprus, but citizens have always been accepting of other religions and customs. Sunni Muslims comprise approximately 95% of the Turkish Cypriot population.

There is also a Christian presence in Northern Cyprus, which includes the Anglican Church of St. Andrew in Kyrenia (near the historic harbor and Kyrenia Castle), the Roman Catholic Church near the Dome Hotel in Kyrenia, the Maronite Church of Ayois Georgios in Korucam, and the Greek Orthodox Church in Dipkarpaz. On November 30th (St. Andrew’s Day) of each year a service is held in the Apostolos Andreas Monastery in Zafer Burnu. Relations between Christian and Islamic institutions are cordial. The following is more information about the historical Christian presence in Northern Cyprus:

Anglican Church
The Anglican Church is alligned with the Church of England. In this context the categorization of Catholic and Protestant affiliation is often confusing. While many Anglicans consider themselves Protestants, many others, especially Anglo-Catholics, do not regard themselves as part of that denomination. Devout Anglo-Catholics follow many traditional Catholic practices and are predominantly followers of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Anglican Church is however, considered both Catholic (stressing its ties to the ancient church) and Reformed/Protestant (as this church does not accept the Pope’s authority and considers itself to be Protestant). However, the development of Anglican Church as a distinctive denomination is deeply linked with the Protestant Reformation.

Roman Catholic Church
The Roman Catholic Church recognizes the authority of the Pope, who is currently Benedict XIV. The church is hierarchically divided into jurisdictional areas usually having the territorial basis. In Kyrenia the service is led by a priest from the Holy Cross Catholic Church in the south part of Nicosia.

Also called Arabic Christians, Maronites came to Cyprus from Lebanon, where the community is much bigger. Acknowledging the supremacy Pope, the Maronites are culturally similar to the Greek Orthodox. Maronites are followers of the St.Maron. Most of the Maronite community lives in the village of Korucam (kormaciti) in the Kyrenia range where the Maronite Church of Ayois Georgios was established.

Greek Orthodox Church
The Greek Cypriots make a part of The Eastern Orthodox Communion that encompasses the areas bound to the former Byzantine and Russian empires. It follows the teaching of Jesus and his Apostles. Its doctrines and foundation are strongly associated to Saints Barnabas, Paul and Mark (45 A.D.). In 1054 a schism developed that split the Roman Catholics from the Eastern Orthodox. Orthodoxy rapidly spread from Greece to Cyprus, where it is manifested by the large number of churches on the island. In Northern Cyprus, the Apostolos Andreas Monastery in Dipkarpaz is visited twice a year by Greek Cypriots. In return, Turkish Cypriot and foreign Muslims are allowed to make a pilgrimage to Hala Sultan Tekke in the southern part of the island.

The Armenians made Cyprus their homeland from 1915-1921, building their churches and schools close together in one community. Eventually, the Armenians assimilated into Cypriot society and there is still a rich Armenian tradition on the island. Sourpmagar Monastery near Kyrenia features is a cultural reminder of the Armenian community in north Cyprus.

People of Bahá'i Faith
The Bahá'í Faith is an independent world religion that centers on bringing “oneness” to humanity In alignment with this principle, , Bahá'ís believe that there is only one Creator and that the spiritual truth of all religions is the same.
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