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Information on Maroni Village in Cyprus

Maroni Village                                                                        Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Maroni is a coastal village, situated between the Pentaschinos and Maroni rivers, in the Larnaca District of Cyprus.

The village is situated close to Psematismenos, Zygi, Tochni and Choirokoitia villages. It is also in near equal distance between the cities of Limassol and Larnaca. The short distance to the cities enables the residents to commute daily for work, study and for administration matters. The population of Maroni Village has therefore remained stable, with around 750 residents.

The earliest mentions of the village date to the Bronze Age, with excavations on the edge of the present day village. The earliest recorded excavations appear to have been undertaken by the infamous amateur archaeologist Luigi Palma di Cesnola, some of whose enormous collection of antiquities are said to have come from the vicinity of the modern village.

Further excavations in the area took place in the late 19th century. Modern excavations and surveys in the area since the 1980s have dramatically expanded our knowledge of the area in ancient times, particularly the numerous settlement sites previously overlooked.

Maroni has always been an agricultural village, with the cultivation of citrus fruits, cereals, forage plants, olive and carob trees, and various types of vegetables. The village is particularly noted for its production of tomatoes and of cucumbers. There are sheep and goat farms, two poultry farms, a hatchery, and an ultramodern piggery.

Maroni Village                                                                              Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

There are many new houses on the outskirts of Maroni, but the central part of the village largely preserves its traditional architecture with the narrow streets, houses built of local stone, with arched entrances and the upper levels with balconies.

In recent years, the presence of renovated houses as guest houses, rental homes and bed and breakfast accommodation has attracted a number of discerning tourists to the village.

Agios Georgios Church                                                               Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

The main church, dedicated to Saint George, was built in 1901. The old church, also dedicated to Saint George, is located where the cemetery is today, at the edge of the village. Further south and near the beach, is the chapel of Saints Anargyri (Saints Cosmas & Damianos). In 2009 a new chapel was built and dedicated to Saint Nicholas.

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