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Episkopi Village in Paphos                                     Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Episkopi village in the Paphos District of Cyprus, is not to be confused with the Episkopi Village in the Limassol District, which is near the British Forces Cyprus Base. The English spelling is the same, but the similarity ends there.

Episkopi Village lies close to Nata, Eledio, Axylou, Marathounta and Choletria Villages and the nearest large city being Paphos, only 12 kilometres away. Moro Nero Village, the abandonded Turkish Cypriot village, also lies next to the village.

The village lies on a steep slope along the Ezousa river valley and built at an avaerage height of 850 metres aboe sea level. The village was ideally situated to benefit from the ample water supply of the Ezousa river. This has now changed slightly due to the decline in the annual rainfall in Cyprus generally.

Episkopi Village in Paphos                                     Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Episkopi Village takes it's name from the Archbishop of Paphos, who resided there during the Frankish period. Bishop in the Greek language is 'Episkopos', which is why the village later came to be known as Episkopi.  The bishop lived in a large monastery and all the land surrounding the monastery was owned by the church. The church slowly passed on the land to the villagers, enabling the village to grow. The village became an agricultural village and also had large herds of livestock, consisting mainly of goats and sheep.

Episkopi Village continues to have an agricultural community as it's main support.The main crop of the village was cultivating vineyards, with the majority of the grapes being exported to Russia. The Russian market collapsed for the village grapes when the Cyprus government purchased irrigation pipes not from it's usual Russian suppliers, but from another source. This action meant that Russia chose not to import Cyprus grapes anymore.

The village continues to produce grapes, but on a much smaller scale, along with Zivania, the local Cyprus drink. The village also has carob trees, olive trees and almond trees. Vegetables are also grown for local consumption, with the surplus sold in local markets in the surrounding villages and in Paphos.

The census of 2001 recorded a total of 162 permanent residents in the village. The population has slightly increased today to 180 permanent residents.

The most outstanding landmark in the area is the Episkopi Rock, the largest monolith in Cyprus, which lies just outside the entrance to the village. This imposing rock can be seen from great distances and the geological structure means there is a variety of colours in the rock. The colours change as the day progresses. The Episkopi Rock is home to many varieties of birds, especially rare falcons.

The Episkopi village area therefore is a bird watchers paradise and along with the nature trails, is ideal for nature lovers to visit. To emphasis the importance of the nature surrounding the village, the Episkopi Paphos Village Community Council created the Episkopi Environmental Information Centre, with funding from the European Union and the Cyprus Government, and is responsible for the management of the information centre.

The Episkopi Environmental Information Centre aims to promote the ecological and culture of the Ezousa Valley and to help sustain it's natural beauty. The centre has a reception area, a screening room, an exhibition room, a laboratory and is surrounded by well maintained botanical gardens.There is a €2 Entrance Fee

Contact information

Episkopi Paphos Environmental Information Centre, T.K. 8524, Episkopi, Paphos

Tel 00357 26642234    Fax 00357 26642936   Email epeicentre@cytanet.com.cy

Walking around the village, you see the many old houses, which have kept their style in the traditional way. The village has the feeling of going back in time, as Cyprus villages used to be many years ago.

Episkopi Village in Paphos                                     Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Episkopi Village in Paphos                                                      Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Episkopi Rock                                     Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Episkopi Village in Paphos                                     Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Episkopi Village in Paphos                                     Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

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