Upon entering the village of Vasa on the left hand side one can see the very old chapel of Saint Georgios a structure of Byzantine type. (14th century)
There are some admirable frescos on the walls, dated back to the 15th century and among others there is the Mother of Saint George, Saint Polychronia. On one wall there is the fresco showing Saint George on horseback killing the dragon. Another fresco shows Jesus nailed down from the cross (apokathilosi) but there are many more.
For the locals here, tradition says that in the old times when it was a monastery, people compared it with the Holy Lavra, -the monastery in Kalavryta in Achaea in Greece. For them it was their Small Lavra (Mikri Lavra) of the 14th century!
On Easter Monday the 23rd April and the 3rd November the village celebrates here with a fair and a divine Service.
The Ecclesiastical museum which is located in the courtyard of St. John the Baptist. (Pareklisi tou Timiou Prodromou -this is how we call it in Greek).
This very small chapel is built of stone and it is among the traditional houses of the village opposite the house of father Nikolas the priest of the village. The woodcut iconostasis is very simple but the chapel itself is very significant for the village.
The Museum is found at the back yard of the chapel and has been created to accommodate and protect the valuable icons and other precious ecclesiastical pieces which are exhibited here.
The Educational Museum is one of the highlights of the village.
It is just behind the restaurant "Pyrgos" and it used to be the old School of the village where after gentrification it has become the cultural centre.
It includes many old scripts, books, information of the 5 significant personalities who lived in Vessa.
The interior design impresses the visitor. The second room which shows how the old school looked those years is very interesting and is worth visiting.
It shows the British influence even on books of the students those days, and in all it is a centre not to be missed.
Mr. Sotiris Papadopoulos was a former teacher in this school. Now he has retired but still keeps busy. You will find him out here giving information and he is also the one responsible for this beautiful centre.
Vasa Koilaniou, Vasa, Cyprus
There is an Ouzeri just opposite the entrance of the Church of Virgin Mary.
I surely want to try some of its mezedes here next time I visit Vasa.
Those who love (loukoumades) honey balls can taste some from this small restaurant.
As I was walking through the beautiful cobblestone alleys and neighborhoods in Vasa, I came across another worth to mention restaurant.
It is called (To Palati) meaning the Palace.
It is beautifully decorated not only outside but its interior is very impressive as well.
Although this time I did not have the chance to try its cuisine, I am certainly do that the next time I come to Vasa.
I am sure the cuisine here will be another nice surprise!
During my stay in the beautiful village of Vasa I had my lunches and breakfasts here. I was staying at “Roti” residence and guests who stay there have their breakfasts at this restaurant.
The stone terrace was spotlessly clean, and Mario and his wife were the best hosts. They are open hearted people and are professionals in what they do.
Food here is superb. The wine is of excellent quality as it is home-made and because the village and the whole district produces wine, the wine brought anywhere you go on these villages, is surely of high quality and a guarantee of excellent taste.
We had (pikilia) meaning a variety of different things. What impressed me was the authentic Cypriot cuisine I found here. The dishes brought to us were of high quality and the portions huge.
Pikilia included kleftiko, staffed vine leafs, zucchini omelette, afelia, chumus, mousaka, pork in wine sauce and coriander, tzatziki, and fresh salad with cheese.
We asked for meze for three but it was really too much, so my tip is to ask (mezedes) for one less if you are three, and if you are a group of 5 or 6 people ask mezedes for 4. It is pity to leave behind excess food like we did.
One of the Highlights of Vasa is the main Church of Virgin Mary of Evangelism. It stands out and it is the first place I visit upon reaching the village.
Just below this existing church there used to be the temple of Saint Varnava part of the heritage remains are saved until today and are found in the Ecclesiastical museum of the village. It has a gothic type with dome. (1896-1900)
The iconostasis is made from gypsum.
The top loft above the narthex is extended with balconies creating a semicircle, and the woodcut shrine was constructed in 1912 where the silver icon of the Virgin is being kept.