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Information on Agios Ioannis Village

Agios Ioannis Village                                               Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

The official name for the village is Agios Ioannis Pitsilias Village, in relation to the Pitsalias region of Cyprus, where the village is situated. The most common name used for the village however is Agios Ioannis Village.

Agios Ioannis Village is located in the Limassol District of Cyprus, along the slopes just below the mountain peak of Papoutsa.

The village lies close to Agios Theodoros Pitsalias, Kato Mylos and Agros Villages.

Agios Ioannis Village                                               Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Agios Ioannis Village dates back to the 12th Century, when a visit by Agios Ioannis Lampadisti - Saint John the Torchbearer was recorded. Saint John stayed for a while in the village and after he left, the villagers built a church in the area where he stayed and dedicated the church to him. The village also adopted Saint John as the patron saint of the village and named the village after him.

In the 17th century, a new church was built in the village, the Archangel Michael Church. The church was to be the new home of a very valuable icon found in the Kato Mylos Village area. The name of the village remained the same, but due to the importance of the new church and the icon, the village adopted the Archangel Michael as the patron saint of the village, replacing Saint John.

The village is built at a height of 900 metres above sea level, which allows for a cool summer temperature, but the winters can be cold.

The land around the village is very difficult to grow crops, due to the slopes of the mountain range. The village does however manage to grow vines, which produces the local wine. The surplus grapes are either used to make Zivania, the local Cypriot alcoholic drink and wine, sold, or used for local consumption. The villagers also cultivate apple, peach and olive trees.

The population of the village, according to the 2001 census is just 395 residents.

Agios Ioannis Village covers a large area with the homes built in close proximity to each other, due to the steep incline of the slopes. The traditional architecture of the village is still very much in evidence, with the red tiled roofs, the local stone and wood used to build the homes, and many with large balconies.

The 1st Agios Ioannis Pitsalias Village Gastronomy Festival was held in August 2017. The festival portrays the traditional food made in the village through the years, along with the old traditional recipes and equipment used. The food was available for visitors to sample, along with the local wines and Zivania.

Agios Ioannis Village                                               Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Agios Ioannis Village                                               Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Agios Ioannis Village                                               Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Agios Ioannis Village                                               Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

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