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Information on Kakopetria Village in Cyprus

Kakopetria Village                                                                       Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Kakopetria Village is located in the Nicosia District of Cyprus and is close to Galata and Sinaoros villages. The village lies in the Solea Valley part of the Troodos Mountains, which is described by many as one of the most beautiful nature areas of Cyprus.

Kakopetria Village is built at an altitude of 672 metres above sea level, which makes it the highest village in the Solea Valley and which offers a coolness in the hot summer months and allows for welcome mild winters.

Legend states that the village acquired it's name from a large rock, which is situated on the outskirts of the original settlement of the village in Old Kakopetria. Newly wed couples were encouraged to sit on top of the rock, as this was believed to increase their fertility. One day however, as a newly wed couple were sitting on top the rock, it began to roll, and the couple were crushed beneath the rolling rock. The rock was since named the Kakopetria (Bad Rock), from which the village is now called.

There are around 1450 villagers who live permanently in the village, but as usual with Cyprus villages, the population increases at weekends, during festivals and the summer holiday period. Nicosia, is a short drive away, therefore many people reside in the village and commute daily to the capital for work.

Kakopetria Village                                                                          Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

The village dates back to the Byzantine period and the Old Kakopetria area is steeped in history, and has managed to keep it's old architectural traditional charm. Whilst Kakopetria village has grown, Old Kakopetria has been preserved and is now classed as a monument and the buildings are listed antiquities. This means that they are protected from modern development, but restoration along the traditional style is encouraged. The local stone and wood is much in evidence in the old village houses.

The mild climate encouraged agricultural farming and being in the vicinity of two rivers, the Kargotis and Garillis rivers, there was ample water for consumption and irrigation. The village has a name for apples, but also produces other fruits such as peaches, apricots, plums, pears, cherries and grapes. The grapes are mainly used for the production of wine. The village also produces a wide variety of vegetables.

Kakopetria Village                                                                            Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

The Church Of Metamorphosis Tou Sotiris - The Church Of The Saviour's Configuration - is to be found in the central part of Old Kakopetria, whilst the Church Of Saint Nicholas Of The Roof - Agios Nikolaos Tis Stegis is located just a few kilometres outside the village.

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