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PHOTOS: The railway that still crosses through one of Limassol's villages!

An old railway and 3 heavy, black wagons, the kind that was used to transfer pyrites and copper from the mine in that area, are still part of the everyday lives of the people in the village. In fact, the railway passes through the center of the village, as a reminder of the mining tradition, which first appeared in the ancient times.

The mine, located near the borderline of Limassol and Larnaca districts, used to operate as a mine since the ancient times, as indicated by the ancient galleries found in the area, and still operated in the Roman times on the island. The mining works ceased for several centuries, before they started again in the beginning of the 20th century. A British company investigated the area in 1925 and it came back in 1928 to operate the mine once again. In 1935 or 1936 it sold its right in them to a Greek company.

The mine was still operating until the 1978. Thanks to it, Asgata grew bigger form 1939 to 1965 and its population tripled. Now it is a relatively small village, quite picturesque, with amazing nature and great little taverns, which can be a great excuse for people who decide to visit and explore its past, by seeing the railway and its wagons from up close. 

Credits: Asgata Community Council

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