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Limnatis

01/04/2021
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Limnatis, a village 20 kilometers southwest of the city of Limassol, is a semi-mountainous community in the countryside that is particularly known for its almond production.

Limnatis is a village with an ancient history. It is estimated that the area was inhabited during the Classical period (500 – 323 B.C.), as evidenced by the tombs of this era that were discovered there.

The village existed with the same name during the Frankish and Venetian periods. Writer and traveler Louis de Mas Latrie refers to the village as Limniate, a Frankish manor. The village name appears to be derived from the Greek word for lake (limni), which may indicate its existence during the Byzantine era.

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The almond trees

Limnatis is a village with the largest almond production in Cyprus. The large expanses of almond trees create a wonderful sight every February, when the tree blossoms are in full bloom. At the entrance to the village, a welcoming area has been set up with benches, which allows visitors to sit and enjoy the view of the almond trees.

Inhabitants of the community use the almonds to make soutzouko as well as almond sweets. Almond products are sold at the local traditional markets, while the annual Almond Festival is also a great way to discover these local flavors.

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Centuries-old Terebinth Tree

The centuries-old Terebinth tree is a community landmark. The 600-year-old tree, of which only the trunk survives today, is located near the Community Grocery Store and the Council building, and it once shaded the Chapel of St. Mamas.

Monument of ΕΟΚΑ fighters

The monument dedicated to the fighters of EOKA is located in the churchyard of the Timios Prodromos church and honors fallen fighters Demetris Charalambous and Vasilis Alexandrou, who lost their lives during the liberation struggle of 1955-59.

Churches

The village has 2 churches, one dedicated to Metamorphoses Soteros and one dedicated to Timios Prodromos.

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Church of Metamorphoses Soteros: It is the largest and newest church of the village, located at the northern end of the settlement, and stands out from afar, at the top of the hill, where Limnatis is build.

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Church of Timios Prodromos: It is located near the center of the village and it is a relatively small, single-aisled, stone-built temple. A monument dedicated to the village heroes is located inside the churchyard. 

There are several chapels that were built in the area, a tradition attributed to the ecclesiastical role Limnatis once had as a Diocese.

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Agios Mamas Chapel, of which only part of the wall survives, is located in the center of the village near the centuries-old Terebinth tree, and makes up part of a small square with a fountain.

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The Chapel of Saint Epifanios is located northeast of the village, surrounded by olive groves, almond orchards and wild vegetation. 

Located around the village are the chapels of Saint Paraskevi, Saint Nicolas, Saint George, Saint Elias, Saint Thekla, Saint Marina and Saints Constantine and Helen.

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Picnic site

A small excursion area was created above the chapel of Saint Epifanios, featuring wooden benches and fountains. Guests can enjoy a picnic there, enjoying the wonderful views of the surrounding hills and the chapel.

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Cultural center

In the northern part of the village, on the way to Agios Epiphanios chapel, there is a Cultural Center, which enjoys amazing views to the hills. The area has a playground and an open-air amphitheater for events.

Community park

The Community Center is located just before the church of Timios Prodromos, and it operates as an event space. The large, paved courtyard overlooking the citrus orchards makes this space particularly welcoming.

Events

Every year, towards the end of February and the beginning of March, the Festival of the Blooming Almond Tree takes place in Limnatis, where local almond products are presented in  the beautiful, natural setting of the season.