Troodos Off The Beaten Path

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    Walking towards the waterfall
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    Inside the Linos Bread and Wine Making...
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  • The picturesque old bridge in Kakopetria
    The picturesque old bridge in Kakopetria
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    Linos 'Eliomylos' Olive Press Museum -Kakopetria

    by greekcypriot Updated Apr 26, 2014

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    The Olive Mill (Eliomylos) museum is housed in the yard of the Church of Sotiros a few metres from the (wine and bread) museum.

    The Olive Press consists only of One room.

    The millstone would rotate with the help of men pushing the post. The two men would stand at each edge moving circularly around the millstone. The first step required the crushing of the olives using a crushing stone and collecting them into a basket.

    The second step is pressing the basket in force, extracting the oil out of the crushed olives and collecting the juice into a storing clay vessel.

    ENTRANCE FREE.

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    Linos Wine & Bread Museum in Kakopetria

    by greekcypriot Written Apr 26, 2014

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    I came across the museum accidentally as I was taking photos in the old neighborhood of Kakopetria.

    There is pictorial material and films which show the history of the Museum, as well as images from the various thematic sections, with these being the sections of wine, bread and olive oil.
    Wine Making and the Cellars of those Days:

    Large earthenware jars were placed in these rooms even before the foundations were laid.
    This is because they were like barrels and too large to carry through the doors when the house had been built.
    The barrels were transported to the building sites by groups of men. They were tied to a long sturdy piece of wood. The men would then carry the barrels to the building site, which was a very long job because the men had to walk slowly and with great care.
    Even now if one looks at the basements of these houses will see these barrels. This is because it is impossible to remove the jars without breaking them or without pulling the whole house down.
    (The wine from this area was in great demand from countries all over the world).

    TIP: I found the doors open and there is no fee.

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    Kakopetria's Old Mill and Bridge

    by greekcypriot Written Apr 26, 2014

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    If you come to Troodos and pass through the village of Kakopetria, stop and have a stroll in the old village and come to the ruins of one of the oldest Mills in Cyprus.

    It can be found hidden among the trees at the side of the picturesque bridge right below the banks of the river where the Mill hotel stands. It is covered in grass but it is still very beautiful!

    This mill stopped working since 1950. There was another one a bit higher and both mills worked all year round with people coming from all over the island to have their grain milled which was carried by donkeys those days.

    There was abundance of water even in summer and the mills worked nonstop even in the years of famine.

    What I love out here is the air that is fresh and clean and the sound of running water is all over the village and it is…. so calming!

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    Kalopanayiotis village for its SPA Springs!

    by greekcypriot Updated Feb 3, 2014

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    THE VILLAGE OF KALOPANAGIOTIS
    The picturesque village of Kalopanagiotis is known for its healthy sulphur springs and for its church of Agios loannis Lambadistis.

    The Church of Agios Ioannis Lambadistis and Byzantine Museum

    Originally a monastery, today’s church of Agios Ioannis Lambadistis is a complex of three churches: Agios Irakleidios, Agios Ioannis Lambadistis and a Latin chapel – all under a single pitched roof. The church is a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site.
    The church of Agios Irakleidios was built in the 11th century while its frescoes date to the 13th and 16th century. The iconostasis is particularly interesting, covered with gargoyles, including a heraldic Lusignan lion and Byzantine eagle.
    The church of Agios Ioannis Lambadistis was built in 1731. The saint’s tomb, which dates to the 12th century, can be found under the narrow north-eastern arch and the saint’s skull lies in a niche. The icon of Lambadistis dates to 1543. The Latin Chapel contains the most complete series of Italo-Byzantine paintings in Cyprus.

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    The Visitor Centre in Troodos

    by greekcypriot Updated May 12, 2011

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    The Visitor Centre in Troodos

    I am up the Troodos square, and I am urge to visit this centre which I had no idea that existed.
    When I come here however I find it closed because during April and May on Saturdays it remains closed.

    This centre is situated approximately 200 m west of the Troodos Square. I followed the paved trail .

    It has a exhibition gallery and in a way it informs the visitor about the importance and character of the Park. A visitor can also find here a collection of butterflies, wood samples, fossils, and much more.

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    Palaichori, a picturesque historic village

    by greekcypriot Updated Apr 12, 2011

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    Palaichori is a very beautiful and picturesque village in the Troodos range at a hight of 900 metres above sea lever.
    The village has many beautiful churches and a couple of museums, but the most important of all is to see the hideout of Grigoris Afxentiou.

    This great hero was a true patriot, giving his life for the liberation of Cyprus from British colonial rule.

    I have the pleasure of meeting Mr. Andrea and Maritsa Karaoli, the people who offered refuge to Afxentiou. They have given their house to the Council of Historic Memory of the Struggle 1955-59 (EOKA).

    I have a thread below with the history and all details about this great hero who was a true patriot, giving his life for the liberation of Cyprus from British colonial rule.

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    Agios Nikolaos tis Stegis - Kakopetria

    by greekcypriot Updated Mar 31, 2011

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    About 5 klms from the village of Kakopetria. Visit this very ancient church of Agios Nikolaos tis Stegis which is of great archaeological importance.

    An 11th century church, and UNESCO has included the church of "St Nicholas of the Roof" in the list of Worldwide Cultural heritage, because of its special value.

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    Kaledonia Falls in Platres

    by greekcypriot Written Mar 31, 2011

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    It is a very interesting walk towards the fall but depending on the season you should be fitted with the appropriate clothes and shoes.

    At Psilo Dendro take the concrete path to the left of the restaurant and walk for about 100 or 150 metres to the start of the trail. Don’t turn left like I did....!

    At the wooden marker board, continue up the forest track towards the famous waterfall. The track is straightforward to follow but of course there will be times when you will have to cross the Kyros river before you hear the waterfall sound.
    Be careful not to slip in the water. If it is summer you won’t mind stepping in the water, but if it is winter then it will be a problem to wet your feet.

    When you reach the waterfall there are some benches where you can sit and rest and admire nature, and be sure to have your camera along.
    The distance is not more than 2 kms and it is really worth walking out there.

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    Fauna - snakes

    by M.E.R.V Updated Apr 25, 2007

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    Animals and insects are all around the mountain regions. The most frequently seen animals are the fox, Cypriot hare and rabbit, long-earned hedgehod, Cypriot shrew and six species of bat. With no doubt, there are snakes too, which im only going to talk about. The snakes are only active in the summer and hibernate in the winter and are without exception, frightened of human beings. They only attack for self-defence. There are six species of which three are poisonous: blunt-nosed viper(which is extremely dangerous to man), cat snake and montpellier snake. The other three non-poisonous ones are the ravergier's whip snake, large whip-snake and cyprus whip-snake. Keep a look out for them!

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    the lost city of Atlantis

    by MrBill Written Mar 15, 2005

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    Archeologists have unearthed in the watery sense of the word what they believe may be the ancient ruins of the mythical city of Atlantis not far off the coast of Cyprus. If this proves to be true it will confirm the speculation of countless generations.

    Not far from Limassol, along the old highway on the way to the Troodos Mountains lies the Kouris Dam. The Kouris reservoir was built to service a thirsty semi-arid island by trapping the run-off from the Troodos Mountains. In the process they submerged many buildings and churches, some of which you can still see poking up through the waves and along its shores.

    There is an archeologic site and picnic grounds nearby and it is worth a look if you are in the neighborhood. Unless you are an angler or landscape painter it is not worth a separate trip to visit the site. Just one of the quirks of the island that you just kind of have to stumble over to find.

    Atlantis, fact or fiction? While as you can see Cypriots are still bent on burying their villages and archeological treasures whether caused by earthquakes or man-made events.

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  • Visit a Village

    by bobyn Written Sep 2, 2004

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    You may pass through these as you wander around the Troodos. We got out and walked about but at the same time did not intefere, we were afterall tourists, and this was afterall these peoples homes. Very nice though,and some of the locals did pose for my camera :)

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