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Nothing reminds of the historic 'Kambanellis' inn at Aneksartisias street today

It can be beautiful when looking back in the past, looking over these pictures with nostalgia. Limassol has always been an important financial and commercial centre in the region. Inevitably, there would be some accommodation options for those who needed a place to rest, when travelling from other cities and villages to Limassol to sell their goods.

During those times, there weren’t any hotels, rather than inns or, as the locals prefer to call them, “chania”, places where merchants could get some rest after their tiring and multi-day trips. Limassol featured several “chania”, mostly around the main streets of Agiou Andreou and Eleftherias, in the heart of the old town.

Today on the corner of the busy Anexartisias and Athinon street, one can find the known “Coffee Island” coffee shop. However, just a few know that in this exact spot, a few decades ago, the “chani” of “Kambanellis” was receiving its guests from all around the island for many years.

Joseph Andreou captured the building with his camera around the years 1976 – 1980 and shared the photos of his private collection at the Facebook group “Lemesou Mnimes”. Next to the “chani” of “Kambanellis” we can barely recognize an old coffee shop and the flower shop of Mrs. Elli.

It is important not to forget that a lot of our new buildings within the city center are simply wearing the “new skin” of the old town. We should be thankful to have these photos because it is vital for older generations to remember and for the new ones to learn.

* NOTE: The articles of the Project "History of Limassol" present information that has emerged from historical research thus far. Any new data is embedded into the articles, once it has been confirmed.

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