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Information on Kelokedara Village

Kelokedara Village                                                               Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Kelokedara Village is located in the Paphos District of Cyprus. The village lies close to Salamiou, Stavrokonnou, Mesana and Trachypedoula Villages.

The village is built at an average height of 700 metres above sea level and is subject to cold winters, but offers a refreshing coolness in the long hot summer months. The location of the village, built on the east bank of the Xeros River along the slopes of the mountain, offers panoramic views of the Xeros River Valley below.

One of the most important religious monuments in Cyprus, the Panagia Tou Sinti Monastery (The Virgin Of Sinti), lies opposite the village on the west bank of the Xeros River.

Kelokedara Village acquired it's name, according to legend, from a local tree which grew in the area, the Kedara tree. The name slowly changed over the years to it's present name.

The village has always been an agricultural based village with vineyards, olive trees, carob trees, almond trees and citrus fruit trees. The villagers also produced their own flour from the cultivation of wheat crops.

The population of the village has dwindled over the years, from it's heyday as an administration centre during the Ottoman and British rule. The village once boasted a population of over 900 inhabitants, with over 170 students studying in the local school. The population quoted in the census of 2001 was 227, but now is a mere 150 people, mainly elderly people, with the local school now closed.

The reason for the dramatic fall in the population of the village was due to employment opportunities elsewhere, mainly in the Paphos tourist industry. The development of the tourist industry in Paphos, with the construction of large hotels etc, meant the availability of long term employment for the younger inhabitants.

The hotels, and other tourist related establishments, provided free bus transport for the workers from the village to Paphos. The prospect of long term employment in Paphos encouraged more of the younger villagers to move permanently to Paphos.

Kelokedara Village suffered only slight damage  from the 1953 earthquake, which devastated many villages in the Paphos District of Cyprus. The village has many ruins, but this is not due to the earthquake, but to neglect. The younger inhabitants left the village, leaving the elderly residents behind. The elderly residents eventually died and the relatives have left the old homes to decay or fall into ruin, with disagreements over the future of the home being a common problem.

Kelokedara Village has become a major producer of oranges, with the fruit trees much in evidence surrounding the village. The village also produces olives and grapes, but this is on a much smaller scale compared to the earlier years of the village.

Kelokedara Village                                                               Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Kelokedara Village                                                               Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Kelokedara Village                                                               Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Kelokedara Village                                                               Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Kelokedara Village                                                               Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

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