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Information on Gourri Village in Cyprus

Gourri Village                                                 Photo ©

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.

Gourri Village                                                 Photo ©

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. Gourri village is built at an altitude of 900 metres above sea level, and due to the height, the village receives snowfall during the winter months.

The population of Gourri village is around 300 people of which the majority are elderly. The population of the village increases as usual in Cyprus villages, at the weekends, during festivals and the summer holiday period. Nicosia is nearby, so many people commute to work and study and it is also very convenient for people living in Nicosia, to own a second home in the village. The heat in Nicosia is very intense in the summer, so having a home in the coolness of this mountain village in the summer is very popular.

Gourri Village                                                 Photo ©

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 ©

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.

There is a traditional textile workshop just behind the main square of the village, where women from the village still practise the traditional weaving and make traditional garments, bedspreads and cloth for sale. The Gourri Village Museum is housed in a traditional village house, where visitors may see the many aspects of Ghourri Vllage life through the ages. The artefacts on display have all been donated from the local villagers and have been used in their daily lives.

Gourri Village                                                 Photo ©

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 rear of the village is where the traditional fountain of the village is located. The only remaining fountain dates back to 1916, and was one of several fountains that supplied water to the village.

Gourri Village                                                 Photo ©

The Gourri Village Nature Trail may be found next to the fountain, and the trail will lead you along a 2 kilometre hike, crossing wooden bridges, bringing you to the source of the water. The rainfall during the winter months will see the surge of water flowing to the Serrahis River and come to an abrupt end at the Mavritos Waterfall, where the water cascades down from a height of 8 metres.





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