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4711, Agios Therapon, Limassol

25942328

25944127

www.agiostherapon.org

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AGIOS THERAPON history

History

Agios Therapon is a small picturesque village in the District of Limassol, in Troodos mountain region at an altitude of 640 metres and is part of the geographical region of Krasochoria.

It is believed that during the Frankish period the village was owned by a feudal lord. More specifically, in 1941, according to Mas Latri, the village has been Petros Podokatoros’ fief. However, according to Karouzis “the toponym of the village and the holy water of Agios Therapon, lead us to conclude that Leontios Machairas’ reference to Alamanos Agios Therapon, a pillar saint in the village of Kilani, may be related to the village of Agios Therapon, a fact which gives us grounds to consider the village of at least Byzantine origin”.  Threfore, Karouzis’ notes give us not only an explanation regarding the village’s history but also the origins of its name.

The village is decorated by traditional neighborhoods which are of interesting architecture. Particularly, there is a special settlement emerging in a unique landscape of natural vegetation. There one can see streets covered by gravel stones, looking like mosaics, while some of them, mainly in the periphery of the settlement, have been paved with slabs. Attention is mainly drawn by the approximately twelve traditional buildings called “votes”. Karouzis describes “votes” as “a kind of original building, built with local stone and found in very few villages of Cyprus. It is an arched covered room which is at the ground floor of a house and thus was mainly used for storing large clay jars containing wine or even used as a stable for animals. Above the ground floor arch, an upper floor is built in order to accommodate the owners”.

What is more, Agios Therapon is undoubtedly the village of viticulture. From the very ancient years the residents are engaged with viticulture. Indeed, according to the records of 1971, approximately 2.336 ‘skales’ of land (one ‘skala’ equals to 1337.8 square metres) were cultivated with vineyards. Even nowadays vineyards are an important part of the residents’ life. Viticulture is favoured both by the compilation of the ground as well as by the climatic conditions of the area. The Great Cyprus Encyclopaedia underlines that “the dismembered landscape of the woads, with the mild circular hills, as well as the relatively medium average rainfall of approximately 600 mm, contributed to the expansion of vineyards and especially the ones which could produce wine”.  What was traditionally cultivated was the local black grape as well as ‘soultanini’, ‘malagas’ and ‘cardinalios’.  Today, there are new breeds, which seem to be more productive.

Apart from the viticulture, although to a limited extend, there also are olive and carob trees, citrus fruits and vegetables.

Concerning the village’s population, it has experienced both increases and decreases, throughout the years. From 1881 until 1946, the number of Agios Therapon residents remarkably increased. However, later on, a gradual decrease has started. As the Great Cyprus Encyclopaedia observes, this was due “to the relatively small average size of estates, to the mechanization of agriculture and to the absence of non-agricultural job positions, neither in the village nor in the neighbouring settlements”. Below a presentation of the pitching population of Agios Therapon (1881- 2001) is displayed.   

Year

Number of Residents

1881

243

1946

530

1982

302

2001

152

It is worth-mentioning that the Community Council aims in ceasing the decreasing course of the population by employing a number of developmental projects. Moreover, Karouzis emphasizes that in spite of its population shrinkage the village is well maintained by the remaining inhabitants, who have undertaken the adornment of the village; they work on the traditional fountain and tile grounds while they also plant trees along the road leading to the village.  

Sources:


“Diadromes sto parelthon, orama sto mellon, Europaikes Imeres Klironomias, Kypros 2004 (“A route in the past, a vision to the future, European Days of Heritage, Cyprus 2004”)
Great Cyprus Encyclopaedia, vol.3  

AGIOS THERAPON places of interest

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Streetview of Agios Therapon
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Scenic view of Agios Therapon
AGIOS THERAPON churches and monasteries

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The church of Ayios Georgios
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The Church Agios Therapon
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The Church Chrisospiliotissa
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The Church Agia Paraskevi
AGIOS THERAPON community council

Community Council

The members of the Community Council of Agios Therapon that have been elected during the municipal elections of 18/12/2011 are:
Full Name:  Charalambos Charalambous (President)
Birth Date:  21/03/1966
Occupation: Branch Manager
Family Status: Married
Address: 4711, Agios Therapon, Lemesos
Telephone: 99546789
   
Full Name:  Christakis Theodosiou (Vice-President)
Birth Date:  16/10/1954
Occupation: Farmer
Family Status: Married
Address: 4711, Agios Therapon, Lemesos
Telephone: 99603678
   
The members of the Community Council are:
   
Full Name:  Andreas Nikolaou
Address: 4711, Agios Therapon, Lemesos
Telephone: 99636428
   
Full Name:  Ermioni Marnerou
Address: 4711, Agios Therapon, Lemesos
Telephone: 99589971
   
Full Name:  Katerina Vasileiou
Address: 4711, Agios Therapon, Lemesos
Telephone: 99897704
   
The personnel of the Community Council is: 
   
Full Name:  Anthoula Mylona
Birth Date:  12/10/1963
Occupation: Secretary
Address: 4711, Agios Therapon, Lemesos
Telephone: 25942852, 99347312
   
Full Name: Aristos Louka
Occupation: General Worker
Address: 4711, Agios Therapon, Lemesos
Telephone: 99558564
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16/08/2015 - 10:30

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16/08/2015 - 20:00

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