KAKOPETRIA

The village of Kakopetria stands at an altitude of 671m above sea level, on the north facing foothills of the Troodos mountain range.  It is located in the quietest, greenest area of the Solea valley and has a population of about 1800 people.  It is the highest village in the valley, surrounded by thick forestland and is built on the banks of the Kargotis and Garillis rivers.  The two rivers join within the village itself and form the river Klarios, which crosses the Sollea valley and empties into Morfou bay.  The village is therefore divided up by small streams that flow into the valley.  

'Old Kakopetria' has been declared a historical and archaelogical monument, and is a unique example of traditional mountain village architecture.  It is full of narrow, picturesque streets two storey houses with wooden balconies and pretty tiled roofs.

 

 


 

THE LEGEND

According to one of the many ancient legends, Kakopetria (literally meaning 'Evil Rock') is named after a huge rock rolled down the hillside and killed a village couple. 

The rock which can still be found today, is known as Petra tou Antrogynou ('The Couple's Rock).  Tradition has it that newlyweds should sit on it together in order to ensure that they have a long and hapy marriage.

THE HISTORY

Kakopetria has existed as a village since the time when Cyprus was under Frankish rule, but there were houses here since much earlier, during the Byzantine era. 

Until World War II, one of the main occupations of the villagers was the cultivation of silkworms and silk production. 

It was also a centre for flour grinding.  The flour mill, which was build in 1754, can still be seen today and it has been restored to its original state.

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