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Drouseia Village                                                                              Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Drouseia Village is located in the Paphos District of Cyprus, in the Laona mountain range. The village lies close to Ineia, Terra, Kritou Terra, Kato Arodes and Pano Arodes Villages. Polis Chrysochou is only 10 kilometres away and is clearly visible from the village, as well as the Chrysochou Bay.

Drouseia Village is also known as Drousha and Droushia. The village acquired it's name from the Greek word "Drossia", which means a cool freshness. The village is built at an average height of 630 metres above sea level, which provides a cool fresh temperature during the long hot Cyprus summers. The height of the village also means that the winters can be quite cold and snow is not an uncommon feature to be seen in the village.

The original location of the village was closer to the sea in the Akamas region and as a result, was often attacked by Syrian and Turkish pirates. The villagers built caves in the surrounding areas in which to hide when an attack was spotted. The caves are still visible today. The frequency of the attacks led the villagers to relocate the village to it's present location, where the attackers were easily spotted and the village was easier to defend.

The early inhabitants of the village were mostly farmers growing crops, mainly wheat and corn. The wheat was sent for processing to local flour mills, which were powered by running water from the local rivers. The village also has an abundance of olive trees, which produced olives and olive oil. The livestock of the village consisted mainly of sheep and goats, which provided milk for the production of cheese, a tradition which is still active today.

The population of Drouseia Village is recorded at 450 permanent residents. The village has managed to maintain it's population due to it's location and infrastructure. The village has a local school, therefore students do not have to travel for their education. The location of the village also means the short distance to Polis and other surrounding villages, is ideal to commute daily for employment.

The village has a thriving agrotourism industry with visitors able to enjoy the surrounding nature and peaceful village life. The village square has restaurants and coffee shops and the Drouseia Open Air Theatre has performances during the summer months in the Drouseia Village Amphitheatre, which is located just behind the village square.

The Drouseia Village Weaving Museum is also located in the village square and displays the history of weaving cloths made from cotton and silk from the village, as well as other surrounding villages. The museum has a traditional loom which was used for weaving the local cloth. The Drouseia Village Community Council is also in the process of creating a village museum in the basement of it's building and also has a selection of traditional looms, as well as old photographs of earlier Drouseia Village life.

The Agios Epiphanios Church dominates the village and is located by the village square. The older ancient Monastery of Agios Georgios Nikoxilitis is located 3 kilometres outside the village. The monastery was at one time the second most important monastery in Cyprus, after Kykkos Monastery, as well as one on the richest. The monastery owned vast amounts of land at one time. The original monastery was built at the original location of the village in the Akamas. A new monastery was built in the present location in the 9th century. A fire destroyed the monastery and a new monastery was built in the 15th century. A fire also completely destroyed the monastery for a second time and it was refurbished to it's present condition in 1923.

A festival is held in the village to commemorate Agios Epiphanios on 12 May.

Drouseia Village                                                                              Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Drouseia Village                                                                              Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Drouseia Village                                                                              Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Drouseia Village                                                                              Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Drouseia Village                                                                              Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

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