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Information on Fasoula Village, which is located in the Limassol District of Cyprus

Fasoula Village                                                          Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Fasoula Village is located in the Limassol District of Cyprus. The village is not to be confused with the other Fasoula Village, which is located in the Paphos District of cyprus.

The village lies close to Spitali, Apsiou, Paramytha, Mathikoloni and Palodeia villages. The nearest major city is Limassol, which is only a short distance of 15 kilometres.

There are many legends as to how the village acquired it's name. One of the most popular is the fact that the location of the village attracts a large amount of wind, in Greek a constant wind is called "Fysoula". Slowly over time the village became known as Fasoula.

Fasoula Village                                                          Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Fasoula Village has a long history, with archaeological relics found on the outskirts of the village from the 2nd century. The relics were found just under a kilometre from the village, on a hill where a temple was once built, to honour the god Zeus. The hill and the surrounding area was called Kastro in the early years of the village.

Fasoula Village is built at a height of 390 metres above sea level. The climate of the village was favourable to keep livestock and to cultivate almonds, carobs and olives. The village used to have it's own olive mill at one time to process the olives into olive oil.

Fasoula Village                                                          Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

The current population of Fasoula Village consists of 700 people and the short distance from Limassol has enabled the village to continue to prosper, and not suffer from the usual depopulation, as is the case in many villages in Cyprus. The village location allows for easy commuting to Limassol for employment and edication.

Fasoula Village was a mixed village with Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots living together. The Turkish Cypriots left the village in 1964 and Greek Cypriots now make up the majority of the residents.

Panagia Chryselousas Church                                                        Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

The village square is dominated by the Panagia Chryselousas Church. The construction of the church began in 1910 and was completed in 1920. The church has recently been renovated. The old Panagia Chryselousas Church lies behind the square, alongside the old  village cemetery. The roof collapsed many years ago and only the walls and doors remain now. The structure is supported to prevent further collapse and the detailed architecture of the period is still much in evidence.

The Agia Marina Chapel is also located just behind the square. The chapel was used as the local school for many years.  

The Agios Riginos and Agios Orestis Chapel lies at the entrance to the village. The chapel was recently rebuilt towards the end of the 20th century. The chapel is dedicated to the two saints who visited Cyprus in order to spread the Christian religion and convert the local population to Christianity. The conversions to Christianity was conducted secretly, as the religion was banned. The local authorities discovered the two saints conducting the conversions and arrested them. The saints were tortured, then beheaded, and their remains, along with their icons, were left in an open field.

Fasoula Village                                                          Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

The recently converted Christians collected the icons and buried them in an unknown, and as yet, undiscovered place on the island. The body of Agios Riginos was buried in an old Lord's tomb in Fasoula village, which lies next to the Agios Riginos and Agios Orestis Chapel. It is unknown what happened to the body of Agios Arestis.

Fasoula Village has a village museum, the Fasoula Village Rural Museum. The museum displays village life through the years, with many tools, household articles and clothes donated by the local residents or discovered in the surrounding areas. The reconstructed olive mill lies next to the museum depicting how the olives were processed into olive oil. The village also has a small Carob Museum.

Fasoula Village                                                          Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

The village has managed to retain much of it's traditional architecture, with many old stone houses, with their wooden doors and red tiled roofs. The village also has the usual old collection of old ruins, which is common in Cyprus villages, due to the many owners of a home not agreeing on the future of the home, or the owners cannot be traced. The renovations to the old houses are in keeping with tradition, which helps to keep it's historical culture.

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