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The first Limassol hotel which was turned into a hospital, a poorhouse, a cable-car and eventually a parking lot!

During the first years of the British rule, Limassol was at the first stages of development, and the city vibe was slowly starting to take on a more European vibe. Seeing this change, Giorgos B. Kyriakos decided to invest the money he had earned abroad to realize his vision of a modern, luxurious hotel. And thus, the symbolically named Hotel "Europe" was erected in Limassol, and housed in the area where Enaerios stands today. However, what Mr.Kyriakos did not realize, was that Limassol, which at the time was still a village with a few thousand inhabitants, was still not quite ready for a 5-star hotel.

The hotel’s completion cost 2,000 pounds, which was considered to be a very large amount in 1890, when construction of the hotel began. The furniture was imported from England and the kitchen equipment from Egypt. But Mr. Kyriakos' classy European hotel, which was located outside the city, was forced to close not long after its completion, and in 1900 the building was used to house the city hospital. It remained there until the early 1920s.

The space also later hosted the Municipal Poorhouse, and later on in the 1950s, the Children's Shelter moved in, having first operated in 1945 on Salaminos Street. An even lesser known part of the history of the building is the fact that it once hosted a scouts group during the period between 1963 — 1964, under the leadership of Theodoros Melas, with Andreas Gavrielides (the former Yermasoyia mayor) as a Scout Leader, gathering a large number of children from the Neapolis area. Just as unknown is the fact that this same building hosted the foundation “Agios Stefanos”, which undertakes the care of people with mental disabilities, during the period 1969 — 1993.

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The area is of course best known as the terminal of the cable-car that was in operation from the early 20th century, bringing ore from the asbestos mines in Troodos, to the dock of Limassol. This, after all, is what gave its name to the entire Enaerios area.

The aerial railway.

In the 1990s, following years of neglect, the building was demolished. And so, the first Limassol hotel became part of the city’s "invisible" history. Today, the space is a well-known spot for outdoor events, outings for coffee, meeting points with friends or a popular option for swimming in the summer.

Source: Mimis Sofokleous, Limassol Historical Archive 

* 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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