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Information on Agios Ioannis Village

Agios Ioannis Village                                                                Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

The Agios Ioannis Village in Paphos, is not to be confused with a village of the same name which is located in the Pitsilias region of Limassol. The official name of the other village is Agios Ioannis Pitsilias Village, which is used in order to differentiate between the two villages.

Agios Ioannis Village is located in the Paphos District of Cyprus. The village lies close to Vretsia, Arminou, Filousa, Mesana and Salaminou Villages.

In recent years, the village was inhabited by Turkish Cypriots until 1975, when the residents vacated the village due to the troubles on the island. Greek Cypriot refugees were then resettled in the village and the village is now only inhabited by Greek Cypriots.

The population of Agios Ioannis Village has decreased considerably from the over one thousand residents in 1975 to a mere 30 residents at this present time. The population decrease was mainly due to the lack of employment and education opportunities in the village and this resulted in many people leaving, with the main destination being Paphos, the nearest largest city.

The village population increases at the weekends, when many residents return to spend the weekend with the family. The village also has many visitors during the school holidays, as well as the many religious festivals held throughout the year.

Agios Ioannis Village is built at an average height of 660 metres above sea level, which qualified the residents for a Winter Fuel Payment, which sadly is no longer available. The height of the village also offers a refreshing escape from the scorching heat during the Cyprus summer months, but also endures the severe cold in the winter months, with snowfalls a regular occurrence.

The main occupation of the village residents is agriculture, especially the cultivation of vineyards. The climate is ideal for the vines and the grapes produced are sent to nearby wineries to be processed into local wine. Zivania is also widely produced in the village, with many homes having their own Zivania distillery in their gardens. The surplus grapes are either used for making the traditional Cyprus Soutzouko and Palouze, or sold in local markets.

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

Agios Ioannis/Ayyani Mosque                                                          Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

The Agios Ioannis/Ayyani Mosque lies in the centre of the village. The mosque has recently been included in a conservation programme as part of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The conservation works were fully funded by the European Union at a cost of €82,000 and were carried out by the Technical Committee On Cultural Heritage. The restoration work  began in March 2017 and was completed in September 2017. The mosque is unusual in the fact that it does not have a minaret.

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