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Information on Klonari Village

Klonari Village                                                              Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Klonari Village is located in the Limassol District of Cyprus. The village lies close to Kellaki, Sanida, Vikla, Akapnou and Prastio Kellaki villages.

The village is built at an altitude of 500 metres above sea level. The height of the village provided an ideal climate for the villagers, providing some respite from the fierce heat in the summer and a mild climate during the winter months.

The village acquired it's name, according to one legend, from the first inhabitant of the village, Gries Klonari. He was the fief, in charge of the local fiefdom, similar to a Lord of the Manor in more modern times.

Klonari Village                                                              Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Klonari Village was a mixed village with Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot residents during the Ottoman rule. Slowly, over the years, the Turkish Cypriot population moved to Turkish Cypriot villages and the village became inhabited solely by Greek Cypriots residents.

Klonari Village has a current population of 25 people, with many of the residents having moved to the surrounding areas and cities for employment and education. The village once boasted a population of over 100 residents a little over a hundred years ago.

The village has a long history, with archaeological remains found in the area, confirming a village located at the present site as long ago as 9-10 BC.

Klonari Village                                                              Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Klonari Village always had a good water supply, which helped the village thrive, also enabling the irrigation of the many vines that were cultivated in the area. The village in it's early years, was known as producing a very high quality wine, one of the best wines in Cyprus at the time. The cultivation of olives replaced the vines over time, and the olives were processed for olive oil, and either sold or used for local consumption.

Agios Nikolaos Church                                                          Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

The Agios Nikolaos church is located at the entrance to the village, and was built around the 15th century. The church was built in the Byzantine architectural style of the time and has been very well maintained through the years.

Klonari Village                                                              Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Klonari Village is a village with many stone built houses, wooden doors and windows and red terracotta roof tiles. The colour of the tiles is unique to the area, and Klonari Village was one of the villages producing the local tiles, the other being Vikla Village, a couple of kilometres away. The village has narrow streets and the old village water well is located in the centre of the village and is still in use today. Visitors will also see many old Pithari Clay Wine Vats in the village, which were used to make wine in earlier times.

Klonari Village                                                              Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

There is a very old oak tree just outside Klonari Village which is over 600 years old. The residents of the village have cared for the tree over the years and have arranged for the tree to have a steady supply of water. The oak tree managed to survive the recent forest fires, which caused a great deal damage to the surrounding areas.

 Klonari Village has seen a steady revival in recent years with a few residents of the village returning and renovating the old village houses. The village has also seen residents from overseas purchasing homes. The attraction of the village is the peaceful location, a good road connection, an ample supply of water, electricity, telephone and internet connections.

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