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Information on Gourri Village in Cyprus

Gourri Village                     Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Gourri village lies in the Nicosia District of Cyprus and is 38 kilometres from Nicosia. The village of Fikardou is nearby and so is the Machairas Monastery.

The village dates back to around 800 AD and legend and folklore state that the village is named after the the clan that were in control of the village at the time, the Kourrie.

The location of Gourri, in the Machairas mountains of the Pitsalia region, offers unobstructed views of the mountains and forests nearby. The village had a good supply of water from the mountains and this is reflected in the nature surrounding the village.

The population of Gourri village is 300 and as usual in Cyprus villages, the population increases at the weekends and during festivals. Nicosia is nearby, so many people commute and is also very convenient for people living in Nicosia to own a second home in the village. The heat in Nicosia is very intense, so having a home in the cool of this mountain village in the summer is very popular.

The Agios Georgios church lies in the centre of the village and records show that it was inaugurated in 1898.

Gourri village is built into the mountain slopes, therefore has it's usual steep narrow streets and alleys. The village has retained it's traditional architecture and charm. There are many old villages houses which are still abandoned as only a few are being renovated. The many ruins reveal the architecture of the past, with many wooden beams and the local stone used in their construction.

Gourri Village                                Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

The charm of the village is best seen by wandering through the narrow streets, with the mud brick and stone village houses on either side, allowing visitors to experience and see the traditional mountain village life of Cyprus. The village houses still have the pithari clay wine vats where they used to keep wine and visitors will also see the zivania distilleries. Kleftiko ovens are also to be found in the gardens and because of an ample water supply, the gardens have many plants and flowers.

The entrance to village has the remains of some very old mud and stone built houses, which are carefully being preserved by supporting metal beams. The back of the village has a nature trail leading to a local spring nearby.

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