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Mousere Village                                                                 Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Mousere Village is located in the Paphos District of Cyprus and lies close to Dora, Archimandrita, Prastio and Maronas Villages.

Mousere Village is now a deserted village with all the residents having left. The village has about 10 residential houses which are used for weekend or holiday homes. The young residents left the village as they did not wish to work on the land as their predecessors had. The families all owned their own land around the village, but the younger population wished to become employees to secure more permanent reliable year round work. The village has it's own school, but with the diminishing population, it has now closed. The older generation stayed in the village tending their land as best they could, but sadly, slowly, slowly, they all passed away.

The village is built at an average height of 500 metres above sea level. The height of the village allows for a cool refreshing climate during the long hot Cyprus summers and also offers relatively mild winters.

The favourable climate was ideal for the cultivation of vineyards which surrounded the village as far as the eye could see. The village did not have it's own winery and the production of wine was made in a collection of pithari's  which were kept in all of the homes in the village. The wine was then transported to the KEO and SODAP wineries in Limassol and the SODAP winery in Paphos, usually by donkeys in the past. The location of the village was ideal as it is virtually equal distance between Limassol and Paphos, so supplies could be transported to whichever winery requested further supplies at the time.

Mousere Village has two churches. The main church of the village is the Timios Prodromou Church which is located on a small hill at the top of the village. The church was built in 1800 and is still in use on holy days.

The Agia Sophia Church is located a little further below the Timios Prodromou Church, next to the main road and the old village school. The church was built in 1965 and holds two festivals in the year, on 29 August and 17 September.

There are various versions how the village acquired it's name, but two legends do stand out. The first is that the first resident of the village was named Mousses. The second, and more plausible, was in the time when Richard The Lionheart was the ruler of Cyprus. He sent one of his knights, named Mousere, to the present location of the village in order to establish a camp. The reason was that there were stories circulating that the Christians in the area had buried vast amounts of gold treasure in the mountains to hide them from bandits.. These were called museums, but were in fact small vaults dug in the mountains surrounding the village. The knight Mousere named the camp after him and the name still exists today.

Mousere Village                                                                 Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Mousere Village                                                                 Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Mousere Village                                                                 Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Mousere Village                                                                 Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Mousere Village                                                                 Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

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