The sunken village, a few miles away from Limassol, is always a surprise!

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At a point approximately 12 kilometers from Limassol, on the way to Platres, you will find yourself crossing over Kouris dam. On the northern side of the dam, you will see the abandoned village of Alassa, which had been relocated during the 1980s, and which is one of the most interesting spots for visitors in the area.

Today, only the remnants of the church of Saint Nicholas serve as evidence of the existence of a village which, until 1980, flourished by the banks of the Kouris river. The abandoned church, which is practically in ruins, stands out thanks to the ornate décor of its belfry, which is painted in bright colors. What is also remarkable is the fact that the image of the church changes according to the water level in the dam, and this is another of its unique characteristics.

From year to year, and from season to season, the reservoir’s water levels will rise and fall, and sometimes even overflow (a fact that is cause for excitement, not only for residents of the area, but for all Limassolians). When the dam overflows (as it did in 2012), the belfry of the Saint Nicholas of Alassa is the only part of it that is visible, as if floating atop the water, creating special – and rather eerie – image. At times when the water level is low enough, however, you can even take a walk through the ruins of this ‘amphibious’ church.

The Kouris dam, which supplies Limassol as well as other cities in Cyprus with water during periods of drought, is the largest dam on the island, and a lifesaver for all who live here.