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Asgata Village                                          Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Asgata Village is located in the Limassol District of Cyprus. The village lies close to Vasa Kellakiou, Kalavasos, Sanida, Pentakomo and Monagroulli Villages.

The village is built at an average height of 150 metres above sea level. The location of the village was chosen due to regular attacks from pirates, who ransacked the village. The height of the village allowed for clear views across the valley, thus enabling the villagers to have early sightings of any pirates.

There are many versions as to how Asgata Village acquired it's name. The most popular by far is that Queen Charlotte, the young queen ruling Cyprus at the time, was so concerned as to the growing menace of the many snakes in Cyprus, that she ordered a ship from Egypt laden with cats. The cats helped to reduce the snake population of Cyprus and the local villagers of the area named her "Agia Cata", which in Greek means Saint of the Cats. The current village was named after her, and slowly over time, the village became known as Asgata Village.

The population of the village fluctuated over time due to the local employment opportunities. Asgata Village began as a farming village, cultivating mainly cereal crops such as wheat, which was processed into flour. The fertile land also supported the cultivation of many other fruit trees and vegetables.The village also had an abundance of olive trees, with the olives processed into olive oil. The livestock of the village mainly consisted of sheep and goats, whose milk was processed into cheese.

The population of Asgata Village fluctuated over time due to employment opportunities. The early years of the village employment was mainly engaged with working on the land, but when the local Kalavasos Mine began operations, the population peaked at over a thousand inhabitants. The official census of 2001 recorded a population of 389 permanent residents, with the current population slightly reduced to around 325 permanent residents.

The Kalavasos Mines played an important part in the prosperity of the village. The mines excavated iron ore from deep underground and the large deposits encouraged the mine owners to expand operations, and a road was built to Zygi harbour. The employment of many workers led to the expansion of the village, with the windfall of the salaries being spent in the village. T

The Kalavasos Mines had a chequered history, with the booming early years followed by long periods in the early 19th century when the mine closed, due to the fall in the price of it's iron ore. The mine began operations again in the 1930's on a smaller scale as the earlier years. The mines eventually ceased operations in 1978. Once the mines closed, the village suffered economically and has not been able to reclaim it's earlier prosperity. The carriages used in the mines are on display just behind the village square. The village also has plans to convert the old school on the hill above the village into the Asgata Village Mine Museum.

The Church of the Twelve Apostles is the oldest church in the village, built in 1834. The Church of the Apostles Peter and Paul is located in the village square and dominates the village. The church was built in 1865. The original small Agia Marina Church was built in 1935, but due to the increased population of the village, the church added an extension in 1952. The present Agia Marina Church was built on the original site of the earlier church in 1995 and is located just behind the village square.

Asgata Village                                          Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Asgata Village                                          Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Asgata Village                                          Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Asgata Village                                          Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Asgata Village                                          Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

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