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Information on Agios Thomas Village

Agios Thomas Village                                              Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Agios Thomas Village, also known as Ayios Thomas Village, is located in the Limassol District of Cyprus. The village lies close to Anogyra, Avdimou, Alektora, Prastio Avdimou and Pissouri Villages.

The village was a Turkish Cypriot village from the Ottoman rule until 1974, when the Turkish Cypriot population left the village to seek shelter in the British Base at Akrotiri. The villagers were later relocated to North Cyprus. The village inhabitants now consist solely of Greek Cypriots, mainly refugees who were displaced from North Cyprus.

The population of Agios Thomas Village reached it's peak in 1973, with a total of 301 registered inhabitants. The current population of the village totals just 18 registered inhabitants. The lack of employment and education has forced many people to leave the village.

The village has a long history and dates back to 800 AD. The village was named after the original Agios Thomas church, the remains of which are still visible in the valley below next to the village.

The inhabitants of Agios Thomas Village were mainly agricultural farmers, mainly cultivating vines, from which they produced wine, grapes, sultanas and the local Zivania alcoholic drink. The villagers also cultivated olive trees, with the olives produced mainly processed into olive oil. Carob trees were also cultivated, but demand for the carob syrup fell over time, although there are signs that demand is returning for the syrup to be used as a sugar substitute.

The village also had livestock with herds of goats and sheep, producing milk for cheese and meat.

The current Agios Thomas church lies in the centre of the village, but sadly has fallen into disrepair. The old school, which is no longer used, is to be found next door.

The village has a camping ground where people and school children may visit and stay, which is located just behind the centre of the village. A new building has just been completed where the village museum is to be housed. The museum is located just past the community council building, on the opposite side.

Life in the village still centres around local farming, whilst some of the inhabitants have found employment in nearby Limassol, Paphos and Pissouri.

Agios Thomas Village has many stone built houses, with doors and windows made from local wood. The roofs have red clay tiles, also made locally. The majority of the houses have large gardens displaying a large range of flowers and plants. There are also many abandoned houses which have fallen into disrepair and are now ruins.

Agios Thomas Village                                              Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Agios Thomas Village                                              Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Agios Thomas Village                                              Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Agios Thomas Village                                              Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Agios Thomas Village                                              Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

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