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'Royal Oak,' the giant tree that became a landmark of the Limassol mountain area!

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It has been a landmark and a station (literally and figuratively) for the Limassol mountain area. Located approximately halfway between Limassol and Troodos, this giant tree had for decades offered its leafy shade as a rest stop for travelers making this route. And for the past 30 or so years, this huge oak tree is still a point of reference in the memories of all those travelers, though the grand old tree itself belongs firmly in the past.

‘The Lania Oak Tree,’ as people knew it at the time, or 'Royal Oak,' as it was named during British rule, was a perennial tree that provided a pleasant and necessary stop on the road in the village of Lania, approximately 25km from Limassol. Its thick trunk and branches which spread across a wide circumference were just the thing to host a refreshment stand and coffee shop, which offered the necessary drinks to travelers in order for them to continue their journey. 

According to tradition, the name ‘Royal Oak’ was in reference to King Farouk of Egypt, who happened to be on vacation in Limassol's mountains and in Troodos, during the British colonial era. Of course, the size and imposing sight of the tree itself were enough to warrant such a name alone.

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All that is left today of this magnificent tree.

The circle of life for this centuries-old perennial giant came to an end in the mid-90s. The necessary care and maintenance required for the survival of such monuments of nature was not provided to the tree in a timely manner, and its trunk rotted, broke in half, and the oak eventually withered. Today, the remnants of this landmark can still be seen at the same point in the road towards Troodos, across from the Lania Police Station. 

The village is home to a number of other perennial trees, among which is another oak tree. After all, the name of the village 'Lania' is said to come from the Greek name of the tree, ‘Valania.’

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