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Information on Sykopetra Village in Cyprus

Sykopetra Village                                                 Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Sykopetra Village is situated in the Pitsilia area of the Limassol District of Cyprus and is also very close to the meeting points of two other districts, the Larnaca District and Nicosia District of Cyprus.

Sykopetra Village                                                Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

The villages lies close to Odou, Melini, Eptagoneia and Arakapas villages. The village is also close to the Prophet Elias settlement.

Sykopetra Village is built at a height of 840 metres above sea level, which allows for a cool freshness in summer, but bears the brunt of the cold weather during winter.

Sykopetra Village                                                Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

The village has a long history and the discovery of the remains, tools and other objects of the earlier inhabitants, date the village as being inhabited during the Byzantine period.

Sykopetra Village acquired it's name, according to the popular legend, from the many fig trees, fig translates in Greek to Syko or Syka, growing in the areas among the very rugged rocky terrain. Rock translates in Greek to Petra.

Sykopetra Village                                                Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

The village survived through the ages on agriculture, with the cultivation of mandarins being the main fruit produced. To a lesser extent there was also the cultivation of vines, with the grapes being processed into wine, with the surplus sold or for local consumption. Olive trees were also grown, with the olives processed into olive oil. The rugged rocky terrain did not allow the grazing of livestock, and this was conducted on a small scale.

Sykopetra Village                                                Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

The population of Sykopetra Village has dwindled to just around 30 people, mainly elderly residents. There is more activity in the village at the weekends, during school holidays and public holidays, when the village comes to life.

Agios Dimitrios Church In Sykopetra Village                        Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

The Agios Dimitrios church dominates the village and is to be found in the centre of the village.

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