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Pelendri

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The village of Pelendri is situated on the western end of Pitsilia, at an altitude of 880 meters. It is located approximately 40 kilometers from Limassol, and is just a short 5 to 15 minute distance from some of the area’s most beautiful villages, such as Agros, Kyperounta, Potamitissa, and Kato Amiantos.

For many decades, Pelendri has supplied the nearby asbestos mine of Amiantos with a workforce, and this occupation was one of the main driving forces behind the development of the village. Even today, the village of Kato Amiantos is inhabited by miners from Pelendri.

History

The village began as a medieval settlement, which Louis de Mas Latrie called Pelendres or Pelondres. In 1353, the settlement was a fiefdom of Jean de Lusignan, a member of the Cyprus royal family. Medieval chronographer, Georgios Boustronios reports that in 1461, a wealthy man lived in Pelendri, who was likely a merchant named Saten. He also refers to two farmlands in the Pelendri area, which belonged to Rizzo di Marino, and which were seized in 1474 by Catherine Cornaro.

One of these farmlands, Filagra (marked on old maps as Filoga), though destroyed, was resurrected with the same name in the mid-20th century, featuring few homes and recreational centers. According to narratives of the time, there were an additional 14 small villages in the area, which were abandoned and united with the inhabitants of Pelendri for safety reasons.

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Name

There are various versions behind the story of how the name of the village came about.

  • The name Pelendri, and its earlier version, Pelendria, is said to come from a plant that was abundant in the area, named Felandrio (mignonette). According to Theofrastos, the leaves of this plant were very fragrant, and used to make a type of mignonette myrrh.
  • A French magazine reports that the village took its name from an aromatic plant that grew in the village, which was called Pedentri, and which later evolved into Pelendri.

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  • Another version claims that the village took its name from the surname of a medieval family that once owned the village as a fiefdom (before 1353). Leontios Machairas refers to this family as the Pelendri family.
  • Finally, according to newer versions, it is said that Pelendri was once called Polydentri (which means ‘many trees’), due to the abundance of trees in the area. The name was later shortened to Pelendri.

The center of the village

Με την παραδοσιακή αρχιτεκτονική της περιοχής να διακρίνεται σε αρκετά σπίτια του χωριού ακόμα, παρά το γεγονός ότι έχουν κάνει την εμφάνισή τους και σύγχρονες κατοικίες, το κτίριο του Κοινοτικού Συμβουλίου και το υπαίθριου χώρου εκδηλώσεων, που συνορεύει με το πάρκο που φιλοξενεί τους αδριάντες των ηρώων του χωριού διατηρούν μια αντιπροσωπευτική, παραδοσιακή εικόνα.

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Churches

As a fiefdom and administrative center during the Middle Ages, Pelendri preserved a great deal of its rich cultural heritage, mainly in the form of Byzantine art monuments. It is especially famous for its unique churches and chapels. 

The church of the Holy Cross, with frescoes dating back to 1178, has been named a UNESCO World Heritage site. The initial church was single-aisled with a dome, but due to additions and interventions, it now stands as a three-aisled church in its present form. Only the arch was preserved from the initial church, which is decorated with frescoes. The entire church carries remarkable examples of Byzantine frescoes featuring interesting themes.

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The church of Panagia Katholikis, surrounded by a large, lush garden, houses 16th century icons and has been placed under the protection of the Department of Antiquities. The temple bears a simple, rectangular floor plan, while its walls are 60 cm thick and built from irregular local stones. Above the temple rests a characteristic double wooden roof. The interior roof is made of sloping beams, and wooden doors and shutters are a typical example of the architecture of that time.

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The church of Ioannis Lambadistis (John the Candle Bearer) is impressive thanks to its large dome that stands out from a distance. The church of Archangel Michael is located on another hill, east of the church of Ioannis Lambadistis, so that the two churches enjoy a view of the other’s bell tower from each of their courtyards.

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Natural Environment

Pelendri is a village with rich water reserves from the tributaries that cross through the area. As a result, besides the rich forest that surrounds the area, there is also an abundance of fruit trees (apple, pear, peach and plum trees), olive trees, almond trees and walnut trees cultivated, as well as vegetables (potatoes, beans, tomatoes, etc), all of which enrich the area’s flora. A dirt reservoir was constructed to aid in the irrigation of the arable land.

To this day, locals maintain a way of life that is very close to nature, harmonizing their daily activities according to the changes of the seasons. The majority of the village inhabitants keep small farms with animals, as well as orchards in which they grow fresh fruit and vegetables for their own personal needs. Because of this, village taverns usually have access to local produce, which brings a uniquely delicious touch to their cuisine.

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The wooded area around the village is particularly well-known for its many different varieties of wild mushrooms. Local residents of all ages know all the hidden spots, and soon after the first rainfall, when the first mushrooms begin to sprout, they embark on their mission with gusto. Some collectors are so experienced and skillful that they are able to gather entire loads of mushrooms in a single outing.

Tsiakkas Winery

Over the past few years, winemaking has begun to flourish in the area, following a decline that occurred in the late 20th century. The Tsiakkas Winery, which is located just a few meters from the entrance of the village, boasts some of the most modern facilities in Cyprus, and its wines have repeatedly received international acclaim. The winery is open to the public, and visitors can peruse the facilities for processing and storing the must, as well as enjoy a view of the magnificent vineyard that stretches across the slope, all while sampling delicious wine flavors.

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Viewpoint

Στην ίδια περιοχή με το οινοποιείο βρίσκεται και ένα παρατηρητήριο, που επιτρέπει θέα στις γύρω πλαγιές και στο χωριό. Καθώς το παρατηρητήριο απέχει αρκετά από την κατοικημένη περιοχή, αποτελεί ιδανικό προορισμό για όσους θέλουν να απολαύσουν μερικές στιγμές γαλήνης.

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‘Kolokasi Park’ Picnic Site

To the north of the village, towards kato Amiantos, one will come across a small but very picturesque picnic site. ‘Kolokasi (Taro root) Park,’ as it is named, is located near the road, but at the same time enjoys a sense of tranquility thanks to the plane trees that cover it. The area has its own source of fresh drinking water, as well as a kiosk for refreshments, which operates during the summer months.

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Bridges

A number of tributaries and streams cross through the river, which help irrigate the local crops and rejuvenate the forest. In order to allow residents and visitors to move around the area, 2 bridges were constructed that cross over the rivers of the previous century: the Potamoulion bridge, and the Kardakiou bridge.

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Food – Drinks

With a love for traditional flavors and a penchant for fresh, local produce, the taverns in Pelendri are among the area’s most popular destinations. There are also venues for a quick stop for a drink or a coffee located near the taverns, all of which make up the complete range of options offered by the village.

‘Symposio’ Tavern, tel: 99 404348
‘Polydentri’ Tavern, tel: 25 552651
‘Anamniseis’ Tavern, tel: 99 335937
Phelandrio Café Bar, tel: 25 552317

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Accommodation

Just a short distance from the ‘Symposio’ tavern and the impressive church of the Holy Cross, you will come across a complex of restored residences that are offered for accommodation year-round. For more information on the houses of Nikos and Maria, you may call 99 404348.

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Events

Zivania Festival: One of the biggest festivals in the Limassol countryside, the Pelendri Zivania Festival lasts 2 whole days and takes place at the beginning of November. It honors the traditional distillate of Cyprus with special events and many delicious surprises.

Easter Events: According to tradition, various events take place in the village during the Easter period. On both Sunday and Monday, traditional games are held in the center of the village, as well as music and dances.

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