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Villages Of Cyprus - Anogyra Village

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 Information on Anogyra Village

Anogyra Village                                       Photo ©

Anogyra Village is located in the Limassol District of Cyprus, and is close to the villages of Avdimou and Pachna. The village is built at an altitude of 180 metres above sea level, which gives it a cool summer temperature and mild winters.

Anogyra Village was, and still is, a major carob growing village, which is evident from the large amount of carob trees surrounding the village. The village is famous for it's sweet Pastelli, made from the syrup from the locally grown carob. To celebrate the custom of making Pastelli, the village holds a festival in September, where visitors are shown how Pastelli is made, and may of course sample the local delight.

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Over the years, the local population has declined, due to young people seeking work away from the traditional farming industry of the village. Limassol, which is only 50 kilometres away, and attracts many people from the village. The population has around 250 inhabitants, including around 80 British Expats owning homes in the village. The weekend and festivals are when the village comes to life again.

The popular local village kafenion is located in the village square, in a building that is over one hundred and fifty years old. The kafenion is a gathering place for locals where they play popular games such as backgammon and pilota.

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The village dates back to the Neolithic era and has managed to keep it's traditional Cypriot architectural style and charm. The stone built houses blend in well with the cobbled streets, which lead out from the village square. The village has spread out in a large area and the cobbled streets make way for streets with asphalt. The farmland surrounding the village helps to keep it's rural feel and roots.

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Anogyra Village has 2 Pastelli museums and a Carob museum and factory. Here you will see how the village prospered and made it's name. The museums and factory have a combination of old and new machinery used in the making of Pastelli.

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The village has recently also become a popular destination for Agrotourism. The nature and farmlands around the village make it an ideal destination for these visitors. There is limited accommodation to cater for these visitors.

Anogyra Village                                       Photo ©

The Monastery of Timios Stavros is to be found on the outskirts of the village. The monastery dates back to the Byzantine era, and was abandoned in the 19th century. The main monastery building still stands and the ruins and arches surrounding the monastery are still in a very good condition which enables visitors to have an idea of it's once grand architectural splendour.

A couple of kilometres from the village, along the road entering the village from the south, lies a large cave known by the locals as - The Olive Oil Salesman's Cave. The large cave has stone steps leading into the entrance.

According to local legend, over a hundred years ago an olive oil salesman from Lefkara Village was visiting the village, selling his olive oil from a team of donkeys that accompanied him.

This particular day he sold a lot of olive oil, so he had a very profitable day. Towards the end of the day he had to decide to either spend the night in the village or travel onto the next village. He decided that it was probably wiser to move on as he was carrying a lot of cash.

On the way to the next village, he came across the cave and decided that it was a good place to spend the night. He checked first for any snakes that might be inside the cave, he unloaded his donkeys and settled down for the night in the cave.

The salesman's profitable day was also noticed by three men from the village, who followed the salesman to the cave with the intention of robbing him. The men attacked the salesman whilst he was sleeping, but he managed to see the faces of his attackers, so he was able to identify them at a later date. The attackers could not take this chance, so sadly they killed the salesman.



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