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Fasoula

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 The village of Fasoula is located in the Limassol countryside, at a distance of approximately 7 kilometers north of the city of Limassol. The natural environment of the village is truly unique, and during the spring, the green valley with its flowering almond trees and lush seedlings create a spectacular sight.

The village has plenty to offer its visitors. The local community grows carob trees, almond trees, olive trees, gain and a few citrus trees. Thus, it remains green all yer round. The central parts of the village are decorated with interesting sculptures created by Philippos Yiapanis, a refugee from Famagusta, who was transplanted to Fasoula, where he founded a remarkable sculpture museum.

History

The village dates back to medieval times, and is marked on old maps as Fasula and Pasula. However, the area has been inhabited since ancient times. In fact, there is a temple dedicated to Labrian Zeus atop a hill called Kastros, at a distance of approximately 800 meters southwest of the village. This hill is known today as ‘Moutti tou Dkia’ (Peak of Zeus), and once functioned as a natural fortress. Upon this hill, 10 inscriptions were found engraved on the bases of statues dedicated to Labrian  Zeus, dating back to the 2nd century A.D. and indicating that the area was one of the last bastions of idolatry. It is also speculated that the settlement fell under the rule of the  ancient kingdom of Amathounta.

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After 1964, as a result of the bi-communal disturbances following the Turkish-Cypriot rebellion, the Turkish-Cypriot residents of Fasoula abandoned their village and moved to nearby Turkish-Cypriot villages, as per the instructions from Ankara for the creation of powerful Turkish-Cypriot pockets on the island. And so in 1973, the residents of Fasoula comprised 325 Greek-Cypriots, which fell to 319 in 1982. Today, the community residents amount to 400.

Name

The origin of the village name has not been established. There are various versions as to the etymology of the name, the most prevalent of which are the following: 

1. According to tradition, the village took its name from its first settler, a monk called Fasoulas.

2. Some people believe that the name is derived from the beans that are assumed to have been cultivated in the area in the past, though this is by no means certain

3. Another version, which is considered to be the most likely, states that the village took its name from the Frankish word ‘fasoula,’ which means sickle, the well-known harvesting tool. Since sowing and harvesting was the main occupation of the village residents, this is possibly the most likely version for the origin of the village name.

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Churches

The Church of the Birth of the Virgin Mary: The Church of the Birth of the Virgin Mary is located in the heart of the village, and is the community’s main church. Within the village, it is also known as the church of ‘Panagia Chryseleousis.’ Construction of the church began at the start of the 20th century and was completed, according to its inscription, in 1920.

Chapel of Saints Riginos and Orestis: At the entrance of the village, at its southern end, stands the chapel of Saints Riginos and Orestis. The chapel was rebuilt fairly recently, towards the end of the 20th century. According to tradition, Saints Riginos and Orestis visited the island to teach Christianity. The idolatrous inhabitants of the island arrested the saints, and tortured and beheaded them. The Christians who witnessed the martyred death of the saints secretly gathered the sacred remains and buried them on the island. The tomb of Saint Riginos is located in Fasoula, next to the chapel of Saints Riginos and Orestis.

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Chapel of Saint George : Northeast of the village, one will find the abandoned chapel of Saint George. Of this stone built chapel, which once housed monks, only the outer walls remain, though the truly faithful ensure there is always a candle burning in front of the icon of Saint George.

Chapel of Saint Marina: The chapel of Saint Marina is located in the northern part of the village. It is built with local stone, and features a tiled roof. It is also worth noting that the chapel of Saint Marina also housed the first village school, during the 1940s – 1960s.

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Panagia Chryseleousa: The church of Panagia Chryseleousis is the predecessor of the Church of the Birth of the Virgin Mary, and it is located in the old community cemetery. The church has been declared an ancient monument and is under the protection of the Department of Antiquities.

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Museums

In the center of the village, next to the Community Council headquarters and the main square, special spaces have been formed for the use of exhibitions which preserve the history and tradition of the village.

Agricultural Museum: The main occupation of the village inhabitants in the past had always been agriculture. This museum features tools used by residents for reaping wheat, picking olives and carobs, and plowing fields, as well as photographic material depicting the village residents carrying out these occupations. 

Olive Press: The restored olive press, with its large stone tank and heavy round pressing stone that rotated with the help of a wooden lever pulled by an animal, is preserved today as it once was, an heirloom of a time when the village residents lived off the production of olive oil.

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Carob Museum: Carobs used to provide a significant income to the villagers in the past. After the carob harvest, the yield would remain in the church courtyard until it was transported to warehouses to be dried in the sun. Next to the church today, one may find exhibits which recall this tradition.

Folklore Museum: One of the old, stone built village homes which has been restored to its original form, featuring the same furnishings and décor found in a typical Cypriot home of the last century, now houses the village Folklore Museum.

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Philippos Yiapanis Sculpture Museum: The Philippos Yiapanis Sculpture Museum is located in a large expanse of land southwest of the village, and includes a field ‘scattered’ with works by the sculptor, the ‘Little Salamis’ amphitheater which hosts cultural events, and Arts Nest, a contemporary exhibition space of 220 square meters, with a rich variety of exhibits as well as conference and event spaces.

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Monuments: In the center of the village, one may find bronze busts of the fallen police officers Yiannakis Aeroporos and Vanios Spanias, who lost their lives in 1963 (during the bi-communal riots) and in 1974 (during the Turkish invasion), respectively.

Viewpoint

Southwest of the village, just a few meters from the Philippos Yiapanis Sculpture Museum, there is a viewpoint from which one can gaze upon the hills and slopes that pass between the village and the city of Limassol. Surrounded by shrubbery and low trees, seasonal herb bushes and expanses of arable land, this spot is ideal for all who love short escapes to the countryside, and offers weary eyes a rest with a view that reaches all the way to the sea.

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Dining

There are various options for dining and coffee or drinks in the picturesque environment of the village, in traditional taverns or coffee shops. Right next to the central square, Stoa Aristotelous welcomes its guest from early in the morning for coffee, while it goes on until late with a menu of local delicacies. A few meters away, Areti Tavern is one of the popular, traditional kitchens in Limassol.

Areti tavern: 97 808218
Stoa Aristotelous: 99 956478

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Accommodation

Some of the old, stone-built houses of the village have been restored to become beautiful guest house, which allow its visitors to relax in the serene environment of the countryside, while still being just a few minutes away from the Limassol sea.

Casa Indy: 99 989868
Avalon Village Houses: 25 452952, 99 310667

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