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Fasoula Village

04/04/2019
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The village of Fasoula is located at a distance of approximately 7 kilometers north 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.

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.

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Name

The origin of the village's 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: It is located in the heart of the village, and is the community’s main church.

Chapel of Saints Riginos and Orestis: It is found at the entrance of the village and had been rebuilt towards the end of the 20th century.

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Chapel of Saint George : 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: It used to house the first school of the village, during the 1940s – 1960s.

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Panagia Chryseleousa: It 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: 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 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.

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.

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Philippos Yiapanis Sculpture Museum: It 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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Relevant

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, 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

Areti tavern (97 808218)

Stoa Aristotelous (99 956478)

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Accommodation

Casa Indy (99 989868)

Avalon Village Houses (25 452952, 99 310667)

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