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Liopetri Village

Liopetri Village

Its name derived from the fact that there are no rocks at Liopetri. The mediaeval church of Panayia is of great interest and the church of Agios Andronikos is believed to have been built around the 15th century. It has an octagonal dome and some remnants of its murals can still be seen in apse. The “river” of Liopetri is a picturesque fishing settler. Nearby are the remains of a Venetian watch tower. The French poet Arthur Rimbeaud worked in this area in the 1880’s. The traditional craft of basket making can been watched here in Liopetri.

The Barn at Liopetri Village

The Akhyronas Barn Museum is located in Liopetri Village, which is within the Famagusta district of Cyprus. On September 2, 1958, the Battle of Liopetri was fought in Liopetri Village between the British and EOKA, which stands for the National Organization of Cypriot Struggle (or Cypriot Fighters). During this battle, four EOKA fighters from Liopetri were killed. The Akhyronas Barn Museum is more of a national memorial site that was built to commemorate the battle and these Cypriots. This Akhyronas Barn Museum is geared towards Greek-Cypriots and the museum signs and text are in Greek with no translations.

Potamos – River

Located just past the western edge of Ayia Napa is Potamos Liopetri, or Liopetri River. This small fishing enclave boasts some idyllic scenery and is a peaceful and relaxing area. Fishing here has pretty much gone unchanged for decades and the river is home to an eclectic mix of traditional and modern fishing vessels. A small sand and rocky beach and 2 excellent fish restaurants make this area well worth a visit. In springtime the surrounding countryside is abundant with wildflowers and it is easy to forget that the hustle and bustle of the centre of Ayia Napa is just a few miles away.

Panagia Chapel – Virgin Mary

The medieval chapel of the Virgin Mary (Ayia Panayia) sits right in the middle of the Liopetri village , a reminder of how the village of Liopetri has developed over the years. Normally a church would be built on the outskirts of a village ! This chapel is built of stone, with columns and arches creating the traditional open air corridor at the front of the entrance to the chapel , familiar with so many Cyprus churches . It is still used for church services and once a year the service for the commemoration of the Virgin Mary takes place here. The whole square is sealed off and in the evening the whole village descends to listen to traditional music, watch dancers perform dancing from yesteryear and get together like they have been doing for decades.

Agios Georgios Chapel

Ayios Georgios (St George) chapel near the Liopetri river is an example of simplicity. It is built of stone , a few meters away from the Liopetri river banks.( Liopetri is a village a few kilometers away from Ayia Napa) The date it was built is not known but it is a very old chapel . Inside there is a simple icon stand and a few chairs to sit on . It is very serene chapel and a worthy place to visit for prayers .It is a place that provides a momentary sanctuary , away from the fast lane of life ,a place to sit inside or outside on the benches provided underneath the trees in the yard and reflect while relaxing.