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Information on Galataria Village

Galataria Village                                                                   Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk              

Galataria Village is located in the Paphos District of Cyprus.

Galataria Village                                                                   Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

The village lies close to Vretsia, Statos - Agios Fotios, Pentalia, Faleia, Koilineia and Amargeti villages.

Galataria Village Community Council                                               Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

There are two legends as to how the village acquired it's name. The first legend states that the sheep in the village always produced more milk (Gala in Greek) than the surrounding villages. The second legend, and more believable,  states that a pregnant woman visited the local church on a donkey. The woman asked for a blessing in the church to be able to produce enough milk (Gala in Greek) to feed her baby, so it could grow strong and healthy. Whilst the woman was in the church, her donkey went into labour and a baby donkey was born. This was taken as sign for other women to visit the church to be blessed with milk for their babies.

Galataria Village                                                                   Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Galataria Village was once a mixed village of Greek and Turkish Cypriot inhabitants, with the Greek Cypriots making up more than 80% of the inhabitants. The village has suffered through the ages from the migration of villagers, seeking employment and education, to the surrounding areas and especially to Paphos, which is the nearest city. The population now stands at just 30 people, and these are mainly elderly people.

Galataria Village                                                                   Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Galataria Village has managed to retain most of it's traditional architecture and there are many old stone village houses scattered around the village. There are also a few ruins and damaged houses in evidence, due to a small earthquake which hit the village in 1954.

Panagia Galatousa Church In Galataria Village                                  Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

The village always has plenty of water and was therefore able to grow and cultivate vines for the production of grapes. The grapes were used to produce wine and Zivania, as well as for local consumption. Olive trees were also cultivated and the olives were processed for olive oil. The village also maintained large herds of sheep and goats, thanks to the large grazing areas around the village, irrigated by the abundant water supply.

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