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Omodos Village Cyprus

By achieverswales
When My Wife and I lived in Cyprus we lived in Paphos and most weekends went up the Troodos Mountains, to ski in the winter, and in the summer because of the heat in Paphos we stayed in this village because it was cooler, these are some facts about the village that was around in the times of King Richard the Lionheart. View large if you have the time.
Omodos ('ΟμοδοςWink village in Limassol, Cyprus.
Omodos is located about 42 kilometres north-west of the city of Limassol, in the geographical region of the wine-making villages. It is built near the west bank of the Cha-potami river at an average altitude of 810 meters. The village is surrounded by tall mountaintops, the tallest of which are "Afames" (1153 m.) and "Kremmos of Laona" (Laona's Steep, 1092 m.).
The village receives an annual average rainfall of about 760 millimetres; vines and various fruit-trees (apple, plum, pear, peach, and apricot trees) are cultivated in the region. There also are uncultivated areas that are taken over by varied natural vegetation. A small part of the village -in its north part -is taken up by the state forest of Pafos.
Regarding transportation, Omodos is connected with the village of Mandria (4 km.) in the north-east and the villages Vasa Koilaniou (3 km.) and Malia (5.5 Km.) in the south-west.
The community has gone through large fluctuations of its population. In 1881 the village's inhabitants were 572, increasing to 630 in 1891, to 660 in 1901, to 813 in 1911, to 895 in 1921, to 906 in 1931, and to 1006 in 1946. Then the community's population started to decrease due to urban pull and migration that hit all the villages of the region. So in 1960 the inhabitants decreased to 942, in 1976 to 764, and in 1982 to 549. In the 2001 census the inhabitants were 311.
The village was quite probably created at the end of the Byzantine era or the beginnings of the Frank Domination era, after the Pano and Kato (Upper and Lower) Koupetra settlements, found in the east bank of the Cha-potami river, were dissolved. According to tradition, Isaac Comnenos -who was the despot of Cyprus (1185-1191) -found refuge in Koupetra after his defeat by the English King Richard Coeur-de-Lion in Kolossi until Richard summoned him to Limassol for talks and a truce. This means that Koupetra existed in 1191 and dissolved later.
After the break-up of the Koupetra settlements a new settlement was created around the original Holy Cross Monastery, taking the name Omodos.
In any case, the village did exist during the Frank Domination era. De Masse Latri mentions it as a feud. The mediaeval annalist Leondios Machairas reports that Omodos had been granted to the nobleman Jean de Brie by the king of Cyprus, Jacob I, on the occasion of his election in 1832. The village is found marked in old maps as Homodos, Homocios, and Omodos.

Tags: Architecture Cyprus Landscape and travel Troodos mountains Troodos Omodos village

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Comments


CarolG Plus
9 196 18 Greece
13 Jan 2011 12:05PM
Lovely images, Trev, and they wouldn't be complete without the white plastic chair! What made you leave? Carol

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achieverswales 6 8 101 Wales
13 Jan 2011 12:14PM
Hi Carol thanks for comments, we were there before Cyprus joined the EEC and because of my health problems it was taking so much money we had to return back to the UK, in one week my medical bill was 1,700 for a hospital stay. We still love Cyprus and go back as often as we can to visit friends and they also visit us back here in Wales.

Regards

Trev.
born2bongo 7 35 England
13 Jan 2011 12:28PM
Wish I was there ...
mo674 7 4 England
13 Jan 2011 12:34PM
Love No 6 .... !!

Was in Cyrpus from 2005 for 3 years (Epsikopi and Akrotiri) loved the outside and the history of the place..... very fascinating country and Troodos is lovely with snow not forgetting the corn on the cob man !!
Mavis Plus
14 143 2 England
13 Jan 2011 12:37PM
Beautiful place for a holiday . You have taken some fine photos but UK is the place for medical attention when you can get it Wink xxx
13 Jan 2011 1:36PM
Glorious set.... pity about having to leave tho'
I really dont like this getting old lark !
Lovely set of photos - what a stunning place. It's a shame you had to come home, but Wales is just as stunning!
franken Plus
14 4.0k 4 Wales
13 Jan 2011 2:31PM
Lovely set Trev.

Ken
User_Removed 8 26 2 United States
13 Jan 2011 2:37PM
Idyllic scenes, Trev, just beautiful. Thanks so much for the writeup - very interesting. Love v5 especially.
Christina
13 Jan 2011 2:46PM
A very nice set for me V4 stands out
EMJAYCEE Plus
7 10 10 England
13 Jan 2011 3:06PM
V1 looks almost too beautiful to be tue - the colours are so intense. A really lovely set which must bring back happy memories.
Joan.
Lillian Plus
7 22 17 United Kingdom
13 Jan 2011 3:40PM
What a beautiful set Trevor, V4 and V6 are so well captured and what a good write up! sad to think that you had to return home due to hospital/doctors bills, but on the positive side you both have something to look forward to ..visiting.
beautiful set
Lillian
achieverswales 6 8 101 Wales
13 Jan 2011 3:44PM
Thank you all my friends for your great comments, Joan you are so right memories are very powerfull.

Regards

Trev.
debu 6 India
13 Jan 2011 4:42PM
Lovely set of images.
debu
Alvar 9 23 2 France
13 Jan 2011 4:48PM
Beautiful set Trevor with stunning colour Well done .
Alvar
jase147 6 1 United Kingdom
13 Jan 2011 6:46PM
beautiful series of shots , what i'd give for some of that colour and sunshine ....... Jase
I love those quaint little villages Trevor. I visited Cyprus in 1991, my friends husband was stationed at Akrotiri. I drove up to the Troodos mountains, it really is beautiful, a bit scary driving down again though.. Love all your shots and the write up.

Ruth
Ridgeway 9 222 2 Ireland
13 Jan 2011 9:15PM
No,6 for me of a very interesting set Trevor.

Aidan,,
14 Jan 2011 9:27AM
Hi Trev, thanks for the history fascinating look a super place, on days like today I often sit and go back thro shots of the kruger and sa the memory bank still fortunately works well, love the shots regards gray,

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