The hideout was built on the instructions of Afxentiou himself in the summer of 1956, following Dhigeni's orders that hideouts be built in houses in addition to those already existing in the mountain areas. This, as to ensure greater safety for the freedom fighters on implementation of the general plan "Sortie to Victory", which would result in...more
The little house where Afxentiou used to stay together with the other heros.This little room is in the house of Mr. Andrea Karaoli. It is not more than 50 metres from the Church of Pantanassa.My second picture shows a fretwork, something that I have seen in several houses.I mean houses which had people who spent time in the camp as prisoners. They...more
The two photos show the monument of the soldiers who were killed.It is found infront of the church of Pantanassa in the centre of the village.In the course of the EOKA struggle Palaichori gave up the lives of several of its children:Kyriakos Matsis, Michalakis Karaolis, and Nicos Georgiou.They signed with their demand for freedom for Cyprus and...more
The reason I visit this village is to see the hideout of Grigoris Afxentiou, but I had no idea that it was really a very interesting and beautiful village. The hideout and museum next to Chrisopantanassa church.His room was directly behind the police station of the village where British soldiers were also situated, and from there he was able to...more
One of the four churches of the village is Panayia Chrysopantanassa built the 16th century, and it is indeed very impressive. It is centrally located...pity that I found it closed this time.(I plan to return to this village again soon to do some more exploring as it is truly very interesting.I consider it a hidden gem).more
We sat at a central cafe of the village, but because we had limited time we decided to take our drinks and carry them along.
I have not kept the name of the restaurant here, but there were many in the round area.
Luggage and bags:
Travel light when you go anywhere, and if you are a real traveller.
It is the secret of not carrying heavy luggage which might make your trip tiring.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Carry comfortable shoes especially when on the mountains, and always have a coat if you visit Troodos in winter. Even if you come here in summer, you will need a sweater to put on during the evening because it always gets cold out here.
Photo Equipment: Don't forget to carry along your camera
Miscellaneous: Be sure to have a full battery for your camera to avoid disappointments!
It can be very slippery if the ground is wet, so you have to be careful.
Get some panoramic views of the village from up the hill where the statue of the Cypriot Mother is.Gaze over the moutain peaks of the Papoutsa, the mountain hideout of Afxentiou and his 17 men. Overlook the narrow streets of Palaichori, where Afxentiou walked together with over 130 members of EOKA, PEKA and ANE ( the EOKA youth organization) of...more
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 two photos. The one is their wedding photo and the other is how they look today.more
I give a thread to help people who are interested to read the whole story of this great hero.
My two photos are taken upon enterning the village.
Fondest memory: It is a historical beautiful and worth visiting village.
It was pity that upon this visit I had not much time to go everywhere I wanted, but I am really coming back because it has a lot of interesting spots to visit.
Many historic churches, museums, a very beautiful central square which is full of restaurants and cafe bars, and in all I want to be able to walk through the whole village on my coming trip.