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Information on Kato Arodes Village

Kato Arodes Village                                                   Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Kato Arodes Village is located in the Paphos District of Cyprus. The village is one of two villages which forms the Arodes Village community, the other being Pano Arodes Village, a couple of kilometres away.

Kato Arodes Village                                                   Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Kato Arodes and Pano Arodes villages were once a single mixed village of Greek and Turkish Cypriot residents during the Ottoman rule. The separation of the village occurred during the British rule, with Kato Arodes Village being inhabited by Turkish Cypriots and Pano Arodes Village being inhabited by Greek Cypriots. The villages remain separated till this day.

Kato Arodes Village                                                   Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Kato Arodes Village lies close to Pano Arodes, Drouseia, Ineia, Kritou Terra and Kathikas villages. The village is built at a height of 545 metres above sea level.

Legend has it that the village acquired the name Arodes from the rulers of Rhodes, an island in Greece which is part of the Dodecanese group of islands.

Kato Arodes Village                                                   Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

The village lies in the Paphos wine region and was heavily involved in the cultivation of vineyards, producing grapes for wine and consumption. Zivania was also produced in the village. Olive trees were cultivated, with many trees surrounding the village. The olives were processed for olive oil, for sale and for consumption. There is a small park just outside the village dedicated to the olive oil process, with an old stone mill and an old olive press on display.

The village has very few permanent residents, and is populated mainly by Greek Cypriots as weekend and holiday homes, and are allowed to use the properties for a nominal rent. There are many properties which have fallen into disrepair and any repairs must be conducted and paid for by the new occupiers. The properties are rented out on the condition that they will be handed back to their original Turkish Cypriot owners at some time in the future.

Kato Arodes Village Community Council Offices                    Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

The most prominent building in the village is the old Turkish Cypriot village school, which is now used as the Kato Arodes Community Council offices.

Kato Arodes Village                                                   Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Kato Arodes Village covers a large area with many stone village houses still in evidence, many with large gardens. There are still a few homes which show the scars of the large earthquake which occurred in the area in 1995. The village still suffers from minor earthquakes and tremors.

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