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Platres: What is really the origin of the name of the village loved by kings and aristocrats?

It has been one of the 119 villages in Cyprus since the 12th century. Its history goes back in the centuries, while its name has been in one of the most famous lyrics by the poet Giorgos Seferis.

Platres, though, were not admired just by the Greek poet, but also by dozens of important personas. It is, after all, the oldest holiday resort on the island, which first saw some luxurious hotels and villas being built. But, the origin of its name is in fact unknown to most people, even though the sound of it is familiar.

There are 3 versions about the origin of the name of Platres:

1) “Platra” and “Platres” in plural comes from (pratria), which is the ancient Greek word for the woman that weaves and sells farmers’ fabrics.

2) In French, there is the word “plâtres” which means white plaster. According to some information, when the Francs ruled in Cyprus, there was a monastery on the southeren side of Troodos, over the area where Platres village is located today. The monks were called “Plâtres”, because they were all dressed in white.

3) The village is named after the word “platsa” (Greek Cypriot idiomatic word for an open area or square), which then became Platra and eventually Platres.

Check out here the tribute article about Platres, with plenty of photos and video from its beauties.

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