The small cave chapel of St. Thekla west of Ayia Napa is right next to the sea. Ayia Thecla is much venerated on the island of Cyprus as is shown by the numerous icons and candles in the small dark cave.
The Ayia Thekla Cave Church is an ancient church built into a rock cave, and there was once an ancient settlement in this area. Nearby, there's a small modern church, called the Ayia Thekla Church.
The church, with blue and white colors and with the backdrop of the endless blue and clear sea, is built next to the ruins of the old original church dating back to the 4th century. The catacomb of Agia Thekla is a cave or tomb carved in stone.
It is believed that in 1571 the Turkish general Peleas Pasas landed there with an army and marched against Famagusta where he helped General Mustafa in the siege of the city.