The story of the emblematic building in the Limassol countryside that has charmed everyone!

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Tradition and Customs

 An emblematic building, which has become a landmark of the mountainous region of Limassol, as well as of Cyprus in general, has a wonderful story to tell along with its unique beauty, which is tied to local roots and traditions. The doll-like, two-story house, which has been standing since the middle of the 20th century, had brought a great change to the community of Arsos, becoming a way of life that is still followed religiously to this day.

From the late 1940s to this day, the building houses the first professional bakery of the village, which was founded by Themistocles Psilogenis, a village resident who had returned from Africa bringing with him a sizeable nest egg as well as knowledge and experienced he picked up from a different corner of the world. There, in the two-story building with the impressive colonial architecture (the green shutters and red tiled roof are common characteristics), he installed a modern gas-powered kneader and petrol-fueled oven, creating for the first time a mass production bakery that made bread with yeast, following the longstanding traditional recipe.

The first bakers were Themistocles’ brother, Yiannis, and his wife. Later, a man called Lefteris Mantrides took over, and was given the nickname Mantipas (‘mantzipia’ was the name of the amateur ovens in the homes of the women of the village, who would make bread for themselves as well as to sell in their own village and in neighboring villages). 

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The upper floor of the building once housed the residence and office of the village doctor, Artemis, and his wife Panayiota.

In the mid-1960s, the bakery was bought by Kyros Agapiou, who undertook its operation with his wife Rodoula. Rodoula Kyrou is the baker that runs it to this day, baking her breads using the authentic, original recipe, and preserving the same art that has raised generation after generation, for 70+ years.

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Bread from this bakery would make its way all the way to Platres during the summer months, when the number of residents would increase rapidly due to the arrival of holidaymakers.

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