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Villages Of Cyprus - Kissousa Village

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Information on Kissousa Village

Kissousa Village Community Council Building                               Photo ©

Kissousa Village is located in the Limassol District of Cyprus. The village lies close to Malia, Potamiou, Agios Amvrosios, Pachna, Vasa Koilaniou and Vouni Villages. The Chapotami River lies next to the village.

Kissousa Village was once a mixed village with Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot residents. The village population now consists of only Greek Cypriot residents, after the Turkish Cypriots left for the neighbouring village of Malia.

The population of Kissousa Village consists of only 6 families and is one of the smallest inhabited villages in Cyprus. The majority of the population either work in Limassol or have retired there. There are some residents who also commute daily to Limassol for employment. The majority of the residents return to the village on the weekends, public holidays and during the long hot summers, where the village offers a cooler climate.

The Church of Saint Sergiou and Saint Vakhos lies at the centre of the village. The church was built in the Byzantine era and is still in very good condition. The village cemetery lies next to the church. The church courtyard is also home to a very large Terebrinth tree, thought to be over 600 years old.

The newly built Kissousa Village Community Council offices are located at the entrance to the village.

Kissousa Village has not developed the same way as most Cyprus villages due to the lack of a regular water supply. Archbishop Makarios, the president of the newly formed Cyprus government, sold the rights to the large water supply in the area to the British government for the sum of 5 Cyprus Pounds in 1953, in order to supply the British army base in Akrotiri. The British constructed a pump station in the village in order to carry the water through large 26 inch pipes to the bases. The agreement stipulated that the residents could not drill for water bore holes in a 3-4 kilometre radius of the village.

The result of this was that the village had no regular water supply, so the villagers had to leave the village. Today, the village purchases water from nearby Potamiou Village, but only for the few residents and not for agricultural use.

Kissousa Village                                                               Photo ©

Kissousa Village                                                               Photo ©

Church of Saint Sergiou and Saint Vakhos in Kissousa Village    Photo ©

Kissousa Village                                                               Photo ©

The large Terebrinth tree growing in the courtyard of the Church of Saint Sergiou and Saint Vakhos in Kissousa Village, is believed to be over 900 years old.

Kissousa Village                                                               Photo ©

Kissousa Village Water Mill                                 Photo ©

The remains of the Kissousa Village Water Mill is located in a valley opposite the village. The villagers used the mill to grind corn to make flour, as well as crushing olives and grapes. The river nearby supplied the water source, which still flows past the water mill today.



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