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Agios Georgios Church in Goudi Village                                       Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Goudi Village is located in the Paphos District of Cyprus and lies close to Skoulli, Chrysochou, Karamoullides, Choli and Tera villages. Polis is the nearest largest town and also acts as the main administration centre for the region.

Goudi Village lies in the Chrysochou Valley and is built along the banks of the Chrysochou River. The Tzerepis River separates the historic old part of the village with the new modern developments in the new section of the village.

The name of the village, according to legend, came from the first settler in the village who was named Goudis, probably a fiefdom lord nominated by the Frankish rulers at the time.

The village is built at an average height of 80 metres above sea level and provides a fine view of the Chrysochou Bay along the coast.The height of the village allowed for mild winters, but had to endure the heat from the long summer season.

The mild climate and the abundance of a regular water supply, meant the village evolved mainly as an agricultural village. The villagers cultivated large areas of olive trees and was the main produce of the village. The olives were mainly processed into olive oil, with the surplus sold in nearby markets or consumed locally. The village also produced various citrus fruits such as oranges, mandarins and lemons, along with almonds, carobs, grapes and a variety of vegetables.

The Agios Georgios Church is the main church of the village and is located on a hill in the centre of the village, making it the dominant feature of the village. The old church had fallen into disrepair over a lack of maintenance over the years and in 1926 the church received major renovations. The church was also expanded during the renovations due to the increasing population of the village.

The Goudi Village Elementary School is the other notable historic building in the village. The school building was built in 1928 and was used as the village school until 1980. The school closed due the fall in the village population and the schoolchildren were sent to schools in nearby villages.

The village has been associated with olive production for hundreds of years and at one time the village had two functioning olive mills. The village still has two olive mills, but only one is in use. The olive production of the village is not sufficient two accommodate two olive mills, and the present olive mill still operating only survives because of the supply of olives from the nearby villages.

The population of Goudi Village, according to the population census of 2001 indicated that there were 145 registered permanent residents in the village. The numbers have fallen since then to around 90 registered permanent residents. The lack of employment and educational opportunities played a major factor in the reduction of the population.

The village has many visitors at the weekends, where people visit family and friends, as many villagers have kept their family homes. The village also has many visitors during festivals, school holidays and public holidays. There are also a number of residents from abroad who have purchased holiday homes and they visit on a year round basis.

Goudi Village                                                 Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Goudi Village                                                 Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Goudi Village                                                 Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Goudi Village                                                 Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Goudi Village                                                 Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Goudi Village                                                 Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Goudi Village                                                 Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Goudi Village                                                 Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Goudi Village                                                 Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

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