It is dedicated to the Virgin, and it is the church of 'Panagia Evagelismou'.
It is said that those days when the church was being constructed, there was lack of water in the area, and they have used stum from the vines mixed with earth to build it.
I am not sure if this is true, but the people of the village insisted on this.
Besides the area was one of the richest in producing wine.
Lofou is a village from the Byzantine period and it is surrounded by vineyards.
It was one of the richest villages in Cyprus and had a lot of underground water.
I went to the kafenio of the village and sat with some villagers who offered me some orange juice and I asked them about this beautiful village. I am told that after the Second World War there was a tremendous reduction of population in the village as the inhabitants moved primarily to Ypsonas (a nearby village), and the inhabitants of Lofou seasonally migrated in order to cultivate or crop their fields in the area.
Gradually they settled for good in Ypsonas, but in the early 1990s a handful of local visionaries began to transform the derelict village into what it is today. Over 2000 stone buildings have been restored to their former glory but only 30 or so are permanent homes. Of course during the summer months the population expodes to 2.000 mostly coming from Ypsonas, escaping the city heat with a return to their ancestral roots in Lofou.
I visited the Folkloric Museum in Lofou which is the private collection of Mr. Petros, a very
authentic Cypriot who loves his country, culture and tradition.
He has been collecting all these items since he was very young he told me with much patience and obstinacy.
A small but interesting at the same time museum, that I believe one should visit while in the village of Lofou.
The red wedding dress on the bed was the wedding dress of Mr. Petro's grandmother.
For Petro this museum is a dream coming true!
In case you come to Lofou and find the museum close, you can call at +357 99919326 and the owner will arrange to have it open for you!
There is an Olive Mill Museum in the village of Lofou.
On weekdays the museum is usually closed and opends during the weekends, but in case you are in the village on a weekday, then you can go to the Community Office and say that you wish to see it and surely somebody will offer to open it for you.
For me it was the President of the village Mr. George Danos who opened the museum for me to see.
The countryside around Lofou is beautiful.
After walking throughout the village in those honeycomb maze narrow streets, get out and walk in the countryside.
I visited this village in March and the fields were full of colourful plants and trees in blossom.
The Troodos beauty is not very far from Lofou. If you have a car and you want more adventure have a ride up there. The year round is beautiful believe me.
Walk towards the other end of the village and come to the side where you can see the whole valley.
From there you will get some panoramic views of the whole area around.
I include a video showing all this beauty in my guide.