What you can see

Entering the village either from Nicosia or from Limassol you will realize the unique graphic environment that characterizes every small community in the region of Pitsilia.

Narrow streets with houses built with stones that maintain the traditional architectural character (lower neighborhood), vine-arbors, flowers at the balconies, splendid almond trees that at the end of every February give a splendid banquet in white and pink colors. The houses that are found in the utmost ends of the village, extinguish slowly-slowly in the green valley of the hazel trees that every August give unique tastes while at the same time, the houses of the upper neighborhood succeed the pine trees that constitute a small forest.

However lets begin however from a concrete direction in order to have common points of report.

Coming from Nicosia you will first meet from all the chapel of Apostle Andreas. It cowardly pops up through the olive trees and the wild vegetation. Simple, small, concise and at the same time magnificent due to the fact that the real beauty is found in its simplicity. It was probably built during the 12th AC century always according to written and unwritten testimonies. It is a chapel that causes immense awe to the pilgrims as long as they enter with contrition its faintly lighted interior.

The amazing wooden engraved iconostasis with its important archaeological importance, certain small icons of saints, certain candles, few seats and the immortal Christian Spirit, embellish and decorate this small chapel that is dedicated to the first student of Jesus Christ, the Apostle Andreas. Time, which changes everything as it passes, did not make an exception in the case of this chapel. Around in 1869 the chapel presented some cracks, it was destroyed and built again with the same old architecture. In the older years, few monks were living there, functioning the church daily. Today it remains dumb even though it speaks with the birds, the wild flowers and the stars, but every 30th of November it opens festively its eyes and its hands in order to welcome its faithful people that with devotion run in order to pay their respect to the saint and his charm and exchange certain conversations with their protector. May his charm have you all in good health.

For conducted tours, you should take the key from the priest of the community, Papageorgio Xenofontos. (Tel.22652061)

As you proceed in the village, you will see two very old oak trees, a real natural beauty of the village and then the first houses are popping up (lower neighborhood). Here, it deserves to spend fifteen minutes for an impressive walk that combines nature and traditional architecture. In your right you will see small stone built houses, some of them devastated and abandoned and some other that are used up to today by few residents. Some of these houses have ovens and courtyard and 2-3 of them they have cauldrons for the distillation of "zivania". The balconies are decorated with different flowers and at the left side of the street you will see the immense valley of Hazel trees unfolding like a green ocean, stealing impressions and looks.

In May, the concert of the nightingales begins and in August the harvest festival also. The walk in the old "popular" neighborhood of the community finishes at "Vrysi". A beautiful tap that throughout the year gives to the visitors or to the tired farmers its cool water that springs from the natural sources of the region.

Going up, you can walk in the beautiful narrow streets, enjoy the beautiful vine-arbors in the streets, the balconies with the flowers, the landords cleaning their houses and if you are lucky during the period of Autumn, you will admire them making "palouze" and "soutzoukko" immediately afterwards the festival of vintage where they all collect the grapes from their vines.

Make a stop at Stavroullas' cafe for a coffee and continue your ascendant course up to the crossroad of the village.

At your left you will find the church of Agios Nicolaos that functions during the weekends and during big feasts.

Going straight you will reach the Krya Vrysi (tap) that is found hidden in the hazel trees. Do not hesitate to drink its splendid water.

If you continue walking in a straight way for about 15 minutes, you will enjoy a course having different sorts of trees –hazel trees, almond trees, apple trees, walnut trees and you will reach the Community Park "Laouda", where you will see something impressive. A panoramic view of Polystipos that looks like an amphitheater.

For romantic people, this walk during the evening leads to a banquet of light, due to the fact that Polystipos and the magic stars carry away the observer.

Next to the community center it is found the monument with the statues of the heroes of the EOKA Fight 1955-59 against the English troops, Christos Tsiartas and Andrea Panayiotou.

Returning back to the crossroad and taking the right street from where we began before, you can see the other neighborhoods of the community. It deserves to go up the stone steps that lead to the area of the Municipal School and observe this beautiful building that was built during the English domination. Today it remains closed and recalls the old seasons before urbanism affected the life of the countryside.

A beautiful small pine tree forest starts where the last houses of the upper neighborhood finish.

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