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Villages Of Cyprus - Klirou Village

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Information on Klirou Village

Klirou Village                                                        Photo ©

Klirou Village is located in the Nicosia District of Cyprus. The village lies close to Kalo Chorio, Agrokipia, Gourri, Fikardou and Lazanias villages. The Machairas Monastery is also a short distance from the village. Nicosia is the closest city, 26 kms away.

Klirou Village is built close to the Troodos Mountains range at a height of 475 metres above sea level. The proximity to the mountains provides the village with an ample supply of water, which helped the village prosper through the ages.

Klirou Village                                                        Photo ©

Klirou Village has a long history associated with mining, dating back to the Bronze Age. The village covers a large area, nearly 19 kilometres in total, and the remains of hundreds of mines and smelting furnaces sites are to found the village and the surrounding areas of the village.. The main mineral mined was copper and to a lesser extent, silver was also mined in the area.

There are various legends as to how Klirou acquired it's name. The most relevant is when Cyprus was still under the rule of the Romans and the clerics which were assigned to the regime, helped with the conversion of the local residents to Christianity. The citizens had to declare themselves Christians, in order for them to become recognised citizens and achieve rights such as in law, owning property and to conduct business. In order to achieve this, citizens would have to visit the clerics in the village for their conversion and to give an oath. Over time, the village was named Klirou after the clerics.

Klirou Village                                                        Photo ©

Klirou Village also prospered as it was a staging post for travellers who made trips between Pitsalia and Nicosia. Accommodation and refreshments were available to the travellers, and exchanges of goods were common practise.

The village produced a small variety of crops, mainly figs, peaches, olives and grapes. The olives were used for consumption and for processing into olive oil. The grapes were also used for consumption, but also processed into wine and zivania.

Klirou Village                                                        Photo ©

The Panagia Evangelismos (Blessed Virgin Mary) church, is the dominant feature of Klirou Village and many historical relics of the village are kept in the church. The original doors are still fitted and the date of 1890 is shown on the grill above the main  doors.

Panagia Evangelismos Church In Klirou Village                                  Photo ©

The village, with it's close proximity to Nicosia, has changed rapidly with many people commuting to Nicosia for employment and studies. This encourages some of the local residents to remain in the village and commute daily to Nicosia.

Klirou Village                                                        Photo ©

Klirou Village has managed to keep many of it's old traditional architecture, which may be found mainly in the centre of the village, and visitors will see many old homes which were built from mud bricks. Theses are slowly being restored and helps to keep the old traditional character of the village.





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