Over the Easter holidays, my husband and I enjoyed several days of exploring the island of Cyprus. On one of the trips, we visited the Troodos Mountains to explore the following sites (and villages): Vouni Village, Deserted Village, Koilani Village, Agia Mavra Chapel, Lofou Village, Chantara Waterfall, and Kaledonia Waterfall.
Vouni Village is located in the Krasochoria region of the Limassol district. The village name of Vouni means low mountain, which is due to the village's location. Since the ancient days, it's been considered a wine village. According to tradition, there was once a monastery in the area. This picturesque village is also known as an open-air museum, since it's partly a deserted village. In the mid-1990s, the deserted village was declared a legally protected historical site. Now, it's considered an open-air museum.
Koilani Village is situated close to the Kryos River, which is a tributary of the Kouris River, at an altitude of 820 meters. This village is located in the Troodos mountains within the Limassol district. The Agia Mavra Chapel (also known as Agia Mavri Chapel and Agias Mavris Chapel) is a former monastery in Koilani Village that was built in the 15th century. This chapel was named after Saint Timotheos and Saint Mavra, and they were from Egypt (not Cyprus). Timotheos shared Christianity was the island, but he was arrested about twenty days after his marriage to Mavra. Since they didn't accept paganism, they were martyred in Cyprus.
Agia Mavra Chapel.
Agia Mavra Chapel.
Lofou Village is located in the Limassol district within the Troodos mountains. This village was built over the hills at an altitude of 800 meters. It was inhabited since the Bronze Age, and items from that era were discovered near the village's entrance. Within the village, there's the Lofou Tavern, which serves traditional Cypriot mezes.
Here's a photo slideshow of the Vouni, Koilani, and Lofou Villages:
Vouni, Koilani, and Lofou Villages.
Here's a quick video clip of the Agia Mavra Chapel:
Agia Mavra Chapel...and Elizabeth. :)