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Villages Of Cyprus - Lemona Village

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Information on Lemona Village 

Lemona Village                                                                     Photo ©

Lemona Village, lies in the Paphos District of Cyprus and is close to Choulou, Kourdaka and Letymbou villages. Paphos is the nearest large city, at a distance of around 28 kilometres.

Lemona Village can trace it's existence back to Medieval times due to the remains of pottery found in the fields around the village. The pottery has been dated as from a period as early as 1100 AD.

Lemona Village                                                                     Photo ©

How the village acquired it's name are the tales of Cyprus folklore and there are a few versions passed down through time. The logical, and some would say the more relevant tale, is because the village had an abundance of citrus trees, namely lemon trees, therefore the locals called the village Lemona Village, because lemonya means a lemon tree in Greek.

Lemona Village                                                                     Photo ©

The more intriguing legend, and would probably make a good stage play, is the following:

Peter 1st was the King of Cyprus at the time and he was married. There was also a lady who lived in the village that was once married, but became a widow. The name of the lady was Joana and most people thought she came from Germany, but in fact, she came from Normandy. The lady thus became known as Joana D'Alemano, Joana from Germany.

Peter 1st and Joana had a long affair, but unfortunately Joana became pregnant. The wife of Peter 1st cast evil spells on Joana and it seemed to work. When Peter 1st was away on one of his crusades, Joana was sent to Kyrenia in the north of Cyprus, to lose the baby.

When Peter 1st returned from his crusades, he was angry with what had happened and blamed his wife. In order to repent, his wife built a small church near their home with her bare hands, to pray for forgiveness. Over time D'Alemano became Lemona.

Lemona Village                                                                        Photo ©

The population of Lemona Village is around 50 people and is one of the few villages populated more by Expats than local Cypriots. There is a variety of nationalities living in the village, but the majority are British.

Lemona Village                                                                     Photo ©

The village survived through the ages as a farming village growing citrus fruits, mainly lemons, along with grapes and olives. The village grapes are the main source of supply for the local Tsangarides Winery.

The village has retained it's traditional architecture with many of the houses built from local stone. Local wood was also an important feature of the old village houses, and visitors will see many examples of this in the form of old wooden doors, window shutters and balconies.

Agios Michalis Church                    Photo ©

The local church of Agios Michalis dominates the village and dates back to 1800. The church was rebuilt in 1911 and has managed to keep most of it's original features.

The village town hall is housed in the old school and is to be found near the Agios Michalis church.



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