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Information on Akoursos Village

Akoursos Village                                             Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Akoursos Village is located in the Paphos District of Cyprus and lies close to Kathikas, Pano Arodes and kato Arodes Villages. Pegeia, also known as Peyia, is the largest nearby town.

The village is built at an average height of 400 metres above sea level. The location of the village was chosen as a means to easily defend the village from the frequent attacks from pirates originating from Turkey and Syria. The village is nestled in a small valley with three sides of the village protected by mountains and offers panoramic views of the sea.

The location was also chosen for the abundance of water from natural springs, which supplied the village with a regular supply of water for consumption, irrigation of the village crops and their livestock.

Akoursos Village cultivated olive trees, citrus trees and vineyards, which helped the village prosper.

There are several legends as to how the village acquired it's name. The first legend came from the period when the village was under the Ottoman Rule, which gave the name Akursu. The name in Turkish meant running water, a clear reference to the abundance of water from the natural springs. The second legend states that the village was called Acurzoz when the village was ruled under the Templars regime. The village became known as Akoursos Village over the years.

Akoursos Village was a mixed village consisting of Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot residents, with the majority of the population being comprising of Turkish Cypriots until 1974. The village residents now comprise of 6 Greek Cypriot families and 20 British families.

The Agios Konstantinos and Agia Eleni Church is the only village church and the location dominates the village, just above the village square. The church is built on the site of an old Byzantine church and received major repairs in 1998. The church had a valuable collection of gold icons, but due to thefts, the remaining icons were removed and placed in churches in Paphos.

Akoursos Village is also well known for the cave that lies high up in the mountain opposite the village. The cave was used as a burial chamber for local kings. The legend states that the kings were buried in the cave with their gold in order to have wealth in their afterlife. There have been many searches for the gold, which remains hidden till this day.

The Akoursos Village Mosque is well maintained and is located a short distance from the village church.

Akoursos Village                                             Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Akoursos Village                                             Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Akoursos Village                                             Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Akoursos Village Mosque                                           Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Akoursos Village                                             Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Agios Konstantinos & Agia Eleni Church in Akoursos Village      Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Akoursos Village                                             Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Akoursos Village                                             Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Akoursos Village                                             Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Akoursos Village Cave                                          Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Akoursos Village                                             Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

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