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Information on Palaichori Village 

Palaichori Village                                                 Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Palaichori Village lies in the Pitsilia Region of the Troodos Mountains. The village lies close to Apiliki, Askas, Fterikoudi, Farmakas and Kampi Villages.

The village is actually divided into two villages, naturally separated by the Serrache River, with the names of Palaichori Morfou Village and the Palaichori Oreinis Village, each with their own elected local community council and mukhtar. In earlier years, the Palaichori Morfou Village was under the administration of the Bishop of Morfou and the Palaichori Oreinis Village was under the administartion of the Bishop of Nicosia. The villages now fall under the sole authority of the Bishop of Nicosia and the whole village is under the administrative authority of the Nicosia District of Cyprus.

The village is built at an average height of 950 metres above sea level, which offers a mild climate during the summer months, but bears the brunt of the cold weather in the winter months. The location of the village was chosen along the slopes of the mountains in order to help protect the village from extreme weather conditions and was easier to defend from attack.

The population of the villages has fallen dramatically since the 2001 census. The Palaichori Morfou Village population in the census recorded a total of 775 permanent residents. The population today has fallen to 600 recorded permanent residents.

The population of Palaichori Oreinis Village recorded a total of 421 permanent residents in the census, with the population today falling to 200 recorded permanent residents.

The lack of employment and further education facilities in the villages are the main reason for the fall in the population, with the majority of the residents moving to Nicosia.

The Statue of the Cypriot Mother is a statue dedicated to all the mothers who have lost their children during the many years of long struggle for Cyprus to gain independence from the many occupiers of the land.

Palaichori Village                                                Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Palaichori Village                                                 Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Church of Panagia Chrysopantanassa in Palaichori Village             Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Palaichori Village                                                 Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Palaichori Village                                                 Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Palaichori Village                                                 Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Palaichori Village                                                 Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Palaichori Village                                                 Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Palaichori Village                                                 Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Palaichori Village                                                 Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Church of Metamorfosis Tou Sotiros (The Transfiguration of the Saviour) in Palaichori Village Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

The church has been placed on the World Heritage List, as confirmed by the plaque located next to the church:

The Church of the Transformation of the Saviour at Palaichori has been inscribed upon the world heritage list of the convention concerning the protection of the world cultural and natural heritage.

The unveiling of the commemorative plaque was held on August 30th 2002 by the President of the Republic of Cyprus, Mr Glafkos Clerides.

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