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Prodromos Village                                             Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Prodromos Village is located in the Southern Marathasa region of the Troodos Mountains and lies under the juridstiction of the Limassol District of Cyprus. The village lies close to Pedoulas, Lemithou, Pano Platres, Kato Platres, Palaiomylos, and Treis Elies Villages.

The village is built at an average height of 1350 metres above sea level and is the highest populated village in Cyprus. The height of the village offers a coll and dry climate during the summer months, but often has very cold winters, with a lot of rain and heavy snowfalls. The roads in winter are often closed when snow has fallen and only4 wheel drive vehicles with snow tyres and chains are allowed to travel to the village.

Prodromos Village has a long history dating back to the Frankish rulers, when the village formed part of a royal fief of one of the rulers.

Prodromos Village is divided into two parts, Kato Prodromos and Pano Prodromos. Kato Prodromos is the original site of the village, where most of the houses are, along with the main church of the village, the Ioannis Prodromos Church. The village has expanded over the years and a new section of the village has been built on a higher level, and is named Pano Prodromos. The new section has the roundabout leading to a variety of routes as well as the Berengaria Hotel and restaurants.

The Berengaria Hotel is situated in Pano Prodromos just behind the roundabout. The hotel was named after Vereggaria, the Queen of Navarre, who was married to Richard The Lionheart. The impressive hotel is only an empty shell now, a far cry from it's former glory.

The population of Prodromos Village has fluctuated over the years, a common feature associated with Cyprus villages. The population of the village reached it's peak in 1946, when there were 506 permanent residents recorded in the village. The census in 2001 showed a dramatic fall in the population to 141 permanent residents. The figure today has increased to 225 permanent residents.

The Chapel of Saint Onoufrios was built in the 14th century, but was later destroyed by a large fire. The villagers decided to demolish the chapel and build the village school on the old site. A shrine dedicated to Saint Onoufrios was placed at the entrance to the school in memory of the saint and to protect the students.

The Monastery of Virgin Mary Trikoukas, which was built in 1931, is located around 3 kilometres from the village. The Chapel of Agias Triadas lies just outside the village in the local cemetery.

The village has an ample supply of water from the Prodromos Dam which is situated nearby. The regular supply of water allowed the villagers to cultivate fruit trees, with the village becoming famous for the quality of it's apples.

Prodromos Village                                             Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Prodromos Village                                             Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Ioannis Prodromos Church in Prodromos Village                     Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

The village acquired it's name from the saint Agios Ioannis Prodromos and has been adopted as the protector of the village.

The Ioannis Prodromos Church, also known as the Church of John the Precursor or the Ioannis Tou Prodromou Church, is located in the centre of the Kato Prodromos section of the village, and is the main dominant feature of the village. The church was originally built in the 13th century. The church had fallen into a dangerous structure due to a lack of maintenance over the years and was in danger of collapse. In 1935 the villagers decided to demolish the old church and build a new church on the site of the old church.

Prodromos Village                                             Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Prodromos Village                                             Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Prodromos Village                                             Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Prodromos Village                                             Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Prodromos Village                                             Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Prodromos Village                                             Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Prodromos Dam

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