Trimiklini Venetian bridge

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The Kouris river has left its mark across the Troodos mountains, in the form of remarkable, green valleys and amazing bridges in its path. One of these bridges is the ancient one found at the Trimiklini village area.

It is one of the oldest bridges in Cyprus, dating back to the Middle Ages. The bridge is constructed in the Kouris river bank, in a location of amazing natural beauty. It is built with stones from that same bank and comprises3 arches, one next to the other. This spot was the connection between the Paphos district and Kalo Chorio, Lefkara village, and Nicosia.

According to local tradition folk tradition, the story of the bridge is connected to that of the route followed by the Byzantine Empress, St. Helen herself (though her presence on the island precedes the bridge by several centuries) as she set off from Stavrovouni and crossed over the bridge, transporting the Holy Cross and Holy Rope to the ancient monastery of the Holy Cross, in Kouka village and Omodos. St. Helen was also the one who founded the monastery of St Nicholas of the cats in Akrotiri, according to tradition.

Video by Kostas Kkoli

The area is not suitable for hiking due to the wilderness of the brush within the riverbank, but a visit to the bridge is a rewarding experience, one that will take you back a majestic and mysterious era, the history of which is engraved on the stones with which it was built.