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Information on Leivadia Village

Leivadia Village                                                        Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Leivadia Village, also known as Livadia Village, is situated in the Nicosia District of Cyprus. The village is not to be confused with the Livadia Village in the Larnaca District of Cyprus.

The village lies close to Lagoudera, Polystopos, Alithinon, Agrida and Alona villages.

Leivadia Village                                                        Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Leivadia Village has a population of 30 permanent residents, which are mainly elderly. The village population had dwindled over the years, due to the lack of employment opportunities in the village. Nicosia is 50 kilometres away, and is a major draw for residents seeking employment and further education.

Leivadia Village becomes quite busy at the weekends, as many people who live in Nicosia and have a second or family home in the village, visit. the village is also busy during public holidays, with festivals and school summer holidays.

The village acquired it's name, according to legend, from the early settlers to the village. The landscape around the village was a lush green, with the abundance of trees and meadows. Livadia in Greek means green landscape or meadows.

Leivadia Village                                                        Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

The second world war saw am exodus from Nicosia and many people chose to live in the surrounding villages. Leivadia became known to the residents of Nicosia, and many chose to live in the village. The connection between Leivadia and Nicosia became strong and still exists today.

Leivadia Village was an agricultural village, and the cultivation of vines was the main source of employment and income for the village. The grapes were processed for wine and the surplus was either sold or kept for local consumption. Zivania was also produced and many distilleries are to be seen in the village homes. The village also has many hazelnut and almond trees.

Leivadia Village                                                        Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

The village is built at a height of 1,000 metres above sea level, making it one of the highest villages in Cyprus. The climate of the village means that there is a cool freshness in the summer, but the village experiences the effects of the winter months, which can be very cold. The height of the village allows for an ample supply of water and there are two reservoirs to supply water to the village for consumption and irrigation.

Leivadia Village                                                        Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Leivadia Village has managed to retain it's old Cyprus village charm, with it's many houses built in the traditional Cyprus village style of thick stone walls, wooden doors and windows, and red tiles on the roofs. The village has many old ruins, this is due to the properties being passed down to family members, with many family members having a share in the property. Disputes as to the future of the property means the property stands empty and falls into disrepair.

Agia Paraskevi Church In Leivadia Village                                    Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Agia Paraskevi is the main church of the village and is to be found just below the village. The church is built in the Byzantine architectural style and in 1882, the church was extended to accommodate the growing village population.

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