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The Limassol village named after its red soil

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If it wasn’t in the middle of the forest, one would immediately think that its name has something to do with palm trees. Of course, the 1000+ altitude does not allow any such connection, since palm trees would never survive up there. The name of Fini village has been associated with the surname of a Frank Master, Juan de Feniu or Finiu (even if there is no absolute indication that the area was a feud), as well as with the ancient Greek verb “feno” (reveal), since the village is hardly seen and one needs to indicate the location for you to find it.

But, the historian Andros Pavlides has proposed as a most possible theory of the origin of the name, the color of the ground of this area. In fact, the ancient word “finos” means “reddish”. This is also the reason that the ancient Greek word “finios” means “bloodthirsty”, since red is the color of blood. After all, a very well-known, poisonous snake in Cyprus is also called “fina”.

Fini is known for its long tradition in pottery, though. The residents of the village make pottery with the distinct, red color of the local clay, produced with red soil. After all, even now there are locations that still refer to the red color of the ground, such as Kokkini (red) and Kokkinokampos (red valley).

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