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Agios Mamas Village                                 Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Agios Mamas Village is located in the Limassol District of Cyprus, and lies close to Trimiklini, Kapileio, Limnatis and Kalo Chorio villages.

The village is built around Mount Zalaka, one of the mountain ranges that form the Troodos Mountain region. The shape of the village resembles the form of an amphitheatre and was built this way in order to protect the village from the harsh elements of the weather and from attacks. Agios Mamas was built at an average height of 575 metres above sea level, which gave the village panoramic views of the surrounding countryside in order to be able to spot attackers, thus giving ample time to prepare the village defences.

Agios Mamas was named, according to legend, after the Christian martyr Saint Mamas, who was persecuted for practising, and later teaching, the Christian religion.

Agios Mamas is famous for producing the traditional Cypriot Commandaria wine. The village has a long history producing Commandaria wine and has built a reputation for producing some of the best Commandaria wine n Cyprus. The village had many wineries in it's early years, but sadly now only one winery remains.

Agios Mamas was always an agricultural village and the height of the village helped to produce a variety of crops to help sustain the village. The surrounding fields are covered with vineyards, mainly producing grapes for the Commandaria production. The village also has a large number of olive, almond carob trees. The fruit production is very limited with small quantities of apples and apricots, with strawberries recently being introduced.

The population of the village has declined over the years, a common feature in Cyprus villages. The lure of the larger towns and cities, with their year round employment opportunities as well as education facilities, means many young people have left. The population of the village is now 135 registered residents as opposed to 1960, when the population was much larger at nearly 500 permanent residents.

The population of the village increases at the weekend, during school holidays and public holidays. The height of the village offers a cool climate during the long hot Cyprus summers, and with many families having kept their family homes, visit for long spells during the summer.

Agios Mamas has managed to keep it's old traditional Cyprus village character, with examples of the old Cypriot architecture much in evidence. The narrow cobbled street along with the stone village houses made from local stone and wood, have helped to maintain the old culture. There are many old homes slowly being renovated in the village, with the local residents taking advantage of grants from the European Union. The grants are subject to strict rules and conditions, which means the renovations must be completed in a way that conforms to how the old house was originally built. 

Agios Mamas has 4 churches with the Agios Mamas Church being the largest and is located at the top of the village, dominating the village. A little further along is the smaller Agia Paraskevi Church. The Saint George Church along with the Saint Silas and Saint Silounas Church are located on the outskirts of the village.

Agios Mamas Village                                 Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Agios Mamas Village                                 Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Agios Mamas Village                                 Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Agios Mamas Village                                 Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Agios Mamas Village                                 Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

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