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Information on Lysos Village, which lies in the Paphos District of Cyprus

Lysos Village                                                                 Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Lysos Village is located in the Paphos District of Cyprus and is the largest village in the Paphos District. The village lies close to Meladeia, Peristerona, Steni, Melandra and Zacharia Villages.

There are two legends as to how the village acquired it's name. The first comes from the early arrivals who founded the village, who it was believed came from the city of Lysos on the Greek island of Crete. There have been many archaeological remains found in the area to give this theory a reasonable amount of truth. The second legend states that the village was called Lysos after the smelting of rock from the nearby mines, to extract the various minerals found in the area. The word Glyosso means to melt in Greek.

The population of Lysos Village is around 200 permanent residents. The village and surrounding areas in earlier times had a population of between 800 to 1,000 residents. The local mines provided a large amount of employment for the villagers in the area.. The Lysos Village residents are now mainly elderly and the youth of the village either work or study in Polis, which is only 15 kilometres away, which allows for easy commuting.

The town of Polis is the main administration centre for Lysos Village. The village has a local Community Council office for some local administration and the village post office is now housed in the old school.

Lysos Village is built at a height of 585 metres above sea level and always had plenty of water, so the cultivation of crops helped the village to prosper. The village grew a large amount of wheat and once had two flour mills. The village also had almond trees, carob trees and olive trees. The village had thriving vineyards and produced wine, vinegar and the famous Cypriot drink of Zivania. Lysos Village also had large goat herds, which helped with the production of the local halloumi cheese.

The Cyprus Forestry Department has a station based in the village and helps to manage and maintain the forests surrounding the village. The station also has fire fighting vehicles which are always on standby to help fight forest fires which occur in the region.

Lysos Village has an active Emigrants Association which promotes the history and culture of the village, to the villagers and their families who have emigrated to other parts of Cyprus and overseas. The association strides to help keep the cultural ties to the village and encourages the emigrants help with preserving the village financially, by providing funds for restoration work in the village.

Church of Panagia Chryseleousa                                                        Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

The village is dominated by the Church of Panagia Chryseleousa, which dates back to the 15th century. The church was expanded in the 20th century to accommodate the larger population of the village. The smaller church of the Archangel Michael lies nearby.

Lysos Village Plaza                                                                           Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

The Lysos Village Plaza lies just behind the Church of Panagia Chryseleousa. In earlier times, the area behind the church was a steep drop into the valley, which added to the magnificent views from the church. The plaza construction began in 1992 and has incorporated the old historical fountains from which the villagers obtained water for irrigation, their livestock and for their domestic use. The plaza has been constructed using local stone and there is a large pond, with seating areas to sit and admire the views.

Lysos Village has many old traditional stone village houses, with wooden features and terracotta tiled slanting roofs. The houses have large gardens with the traditional clay ovens much in evidence.

The new trend in Agrotourism is helping to preserve the village culture, with new homes being built and blend in with the traditional architecture of the village.

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