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ATHIENOU

athienou panorama

Surrounded by green in winter and sunburned in the summer, Athienou is situated northwest of Larnaka. The area had been occupied since the Neolithic period. Touring through the town, a visitor can easily appreciate that Athienou has maintained its traditional “mesaoritiko” character, while continuing to develop over the years.

Athienou is well known for its hard working inhabitants. Two generations ago the people of Athienou worked in the land of Mesaoria from sunrise to sunset with diligence and care. With the same diligence they carry on and maintain their reputation for hospitality.

 

What to see and do in Athienou:

 

Archaeological sites: the residential area of Athienou is located in the midst of four major archaeological sites, although three of these sites are no longer accessible to visitors. The fourth site, Athienou-Malloura, can be toured year-round and during June and July you can see the site and observe the Athienou Archaeological Project as it conducts excavations at a Cypro-Geometric–Roman period (around 800 BC to 100 AD) sanctuary.

athienou museum inside

Kallinikeio Municipal Museum: In the center of town the museum presents the history, archaeology, and the culture of the area from ancient times to the present in a newly-built, contemporary and innovative space. Among the many interesting exhibits, a highlight is the work of the late monk and icon painter Father Kallinikos and should not be missed.

athienou church

Four churches in Athienou are of special interest and significance. The icons and frescoes in the churches of Panagia Chryseleoussa, Saint Fokas, Saint Georgios and the chapels are remarkable. View the shoe of Saint Spyridon in the church of Panagia Chryseleoussa or see some of the relics of Saint Fokas.

athienou house

The centre of the residential area has many points of interest, including four important early buildings that have either been restored or are in the process of restoration to their original presentation and use. All four are located on Evagoras Street. Leaving the Kallinikeio Municipal Hall you first come to the family house of the monk Father Kallinikos Stavrovouniotis. The house has been restored and soon will be opened. Further on, Mestanas Hani, a historic inn, is currently under restoration by the Cyprus Department of Antiquities and, once completed will restore it to its original use. The traditional flour mill of Andrea Xatzitheoharous, now restored to its original form, remarkably demonstrates how it was working since 1910. Further on, therestored house of Giorki Panai Pougerasi exhibits a traditional Mesaoritiko house.

Viewpoint: On Evagoras Street you will reach a point from which you will have a good view of the Turkish occupied area, including the fertile fields of the Mesaoria that reach as far as Pentadaktilos Mountains.

Athienou is famous for its traditional bread and pastries, as well as its dairy products. Local producers are happy to demonstrate for you the art and technique of their products. Visiting the workshop of a local ceramist, you can also see the pottery in-the-making.

athienou school

Workshops: young people utilise their free time in workshops learning the art of painting and mosaic and in cultural groups learning dance, song and theatre. Byzantine music and the art of making the ‘’ploumi’’ (lace) are also taught to anyone willing to learn. Regular events are held throughout the year especially during the summer months.

Delicious dishes at local taverns: If you love Cypriot cooking you should definitely taste the delicious dishes offered at Athienou’s taverns, some of which offer as their speciality ofton kleftiko (slow cooked lamb).

Your daily tour in Athienou will also give you the opportunity to take a break at a local coffee shop for a Cyprus coffee. ‘‘Stin igia sas’’ (Cheers)!

Information for all the locations is available:

Athienou Municipality Kallinikeio Municipal Museum of Athienou
Tel +35724811370 Tel +35724524002
mail@athienou.org.cy museum@athienou.org.cy

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