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Villages Of Cyprus - Chrysochou Village

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Information on Chrysochou Village

Chrysochou Village Church                                                               Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Chrysochou Village is located in the Paphos District of Cyprus. The village lies near Karamoulides, Goudi, Skoulli, Choli and Tera Villages.

There are many folklore versions on how the village acquired it's name. The first was that the original settler was a goldsmith and began to ply his trade from the village. The other popular version is that the fertile land surrounding the village, helped the village to prosper with agriculture, and therefore the land was as precious as gold. Chryso in Greek means gold.

Chrysochou Village was a Turkish Cypriot village and the population of the village reached it's highest level in 1973, with 400 residents recorded. Following the troubles on the island, the Turkish Cypriot population moved out, and the village was settled by Greek Cypriot refugees from the north of Cyprus. The population of the village has fallen dramatically, with many people moving to Polis or Paphos seeking employment and further education, the village only caters to primary school children. The population of the village in the 2001 census was recorded at 52 permanent residents, but now just 7 families live in the village.

Chrysochou Village is built at a height of 120 metres above sea level, providing a mild climate in the winter, but feels the full force of the scorching heat during the long summer months. The climate is ideal for agriculture and this is the main employment for the village. The village also has 2 woodworking factories making furniture.

Chrysochou Village                                                               Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Chrysochou Village                                                               Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Chrysochou Village                                                               Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Chrysochou Village                                                               Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Chrysochou Village Mosque                                                              Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

The mosque is a converted Byzantine church which was dedicated to Agios Nikolaos (Saint Nicholas). The original minaret suffered severe damage as a result of the 1996 earthquake, which led to it's eventual collapse. The minaret was rebuilt in 2000 and the mosque is still used as a place of worship.

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