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What was Aneksartisias Street in Limassol called, before the independence of Cyprus?

Anekstartisias Street is now one of the most central and commercial streets in Limassol, but it started as something completely different, around 1 century ago. In fact, the first signs of traffic and life in the area appeared in 1923, when this was not a center or even a street, and when it could not have possibly refer to any sense of independence (aneksartisia in Greek).

The declaration of the independent Republic of Cyprus in 1960 was a historical moment for the country and reason enough for the street to be named after it, since it would be a constant reminder for anyone passing through this area, which was developing fast from that decade and on. Still, during the first years of its existence, when the Limassol Hospital (now the District Administration building) was built, the former dirt road did not even have a name and apart from the hospital, there were just a few, draft construction around there.

The name by which the people of the city used to know the street around the 1930s – 1940s, Macadonias Street, was referring to the Greek identity of the majority of the population. After certain relaxations in the policies of the colonial administration, which aimed to let the national identities fade away, it allowed for this specific street to be named after Macedonia, the region in northern Greece. Even as Macedonias Street, this area was becoming a central part of the city, with a commercial identity, where, apart from the hospital, there were several shops, coffee shops and inns, attracting many people in the area. The house of the first Mayor of Limassol, Christodoulos Karydes, was also in the Macedonias Street.

Information: Tasos Andreou
Photos:Limassol Memories Facebook Group, Tasos Andreou

* 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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