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Kapileio Village                                                   Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Kapileio Village, also known as Kapilio Village, is located in the Limassol District of Cyprus. The village lies close to Agios Mamas, Limnatis, Pano Korfi, Kato Korfi, Old Korfi, Apesia and Trimiklini Villages.

The village is built at at an average height of 500 metres above sea level, which allows for a cool climate during the long hot dry summers and a mild winter period.

Kapileios Village has a long history dating back to the mid 7th century, when the village formed part of a feudal estate under the Frankish rule.

The location of the village was mainly due to the regular water supply from a natural spring, which was sourced from the nearby Ambelikos River. The regular and ample water supply was used for local consumption and for irrigating the village crops.

Kapileio Village has long been known as one of the most productive villages engaged in the production of the Cyprus commandaria wine. The village lies in the commandaria wine producing region of Cyprus, where a number of villages have produced the famous wine for centuries, thus helping the villages to prosper. The vineyards were the main income for the village, but olive trees, peach trees and almond trees were also cultivated. Zinania was also produced in the village homes, mainly for domestic consumption.

The village now sends it's grapes to be processed into wine to Agios Mamas Village as the old wineries have closed, along with the old village olive mill.

The name of the village, according to legend, came from the seven linos processing the grapes into the commandaria wine. The linos also offered accommodation facilities, along with food. These linos were called a Kapilia, an earlier version of an inn, where travellers passing through the village could stay and rest. The name of the village became known as Kapileio Village over time.

The main church of the village is the Agios Georgios church, which is located on a small hill in the centre of the village. The church is built on the original site of an earlier church of the same name, which was built in the 10th century. The church was renovated a few years ago.

The Panagia Chamatsiotissa Church lies on the outskirts of the village and is only used once a year, on the Easter Monday following the Greek Orthodox Easter

The Panagia Ampeloutziotissa Church also lies on the outskirts of the village and is also only used once a year on the Easter Tuesday following the Greek Orthodox Easter.

The population of the village has 65 recorded permanent residents, a rise from the 2001 census, when the population was 30 recorded permanent residents. The reason for the increase is partly due to the easy commute from the village to Limassol, where many residents are employed and students are able to access further education. The local school has closed and school children go to the school in the nearby village of Trimiklini. Some of the residents do however remain in Limassol and visit the village at weekends, school holidays, public holidays and festivals, where they have kept their family homes.

Kapileio Village                                                   Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Kapileio Village                                                   Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Kapileio Village                                                   Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

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

Kapileio Village                                                   Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Kapileio Village                                                   Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Kapileio Village                                                   Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Kapileio Village                                                   Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Kapileio Village                                                   Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Ampeloutziotissa Church in Kapileio Village                                 Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Kapileio Village                                                   Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

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