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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 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.

Episkopi Village in Paphos                                     Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Episkopi village is a very small rural village situated around 12 kilometres from Paphos. The village lies on a steep slope along the Ezousa river valley.  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

The village continues to have an agricultural community as it's main support. The small community, according to the 1999 census comprises the following:

There are 185 permanent residents, 243 registered buildings, 89 homes in permanent use, 50 seasonally occupied homes. Episkopi village also has 67 abandoned houses, and 41 houses in ruins.

Episkopi Rock                                     Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

The most outstanding landmark in the area is the Episkopi Rock, 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.

Episkopi Village in Paphos                                     Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

The Episkopi village area therefore is a bird watchers paradise and along with the nature trails, is ideal for nature lovers to visit.

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

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