The village of Fasoula lies in the Diarizos Valley. It used to be up in the hills, but a few decades ago, back in 1953, there was a bad earthquake, and the villagers relocated to its present location. Old Fasoula now lies in ruins.
The Two Fasoulas
In this shot, taken using our new drone, you can see the site of Old Fasoula in the foreground, with new Fasoula in the distance on the left.
Let's Look Around
While the drone is flying up above the ruins, let's have a look around. This is the view towards Paphos.
Towards The Forest
This is the view up the valley, towards Kidasi.
This is what I said in the original blog on Fasoula:
Fasoula is only a small village. It used to be populated by Turkish Cypriots, but they left after the troubles. In their place came Greek Cypriots who were displaced from the North.
This is what the PRIO database has to say about Fasoula:
Fasoula is a village located in Dhiarizos valley, twenty kilometers east of Paphos (Ktima) and three kilometers southwest of Mamonia. Goodwin suggests that although Fasoula means “beans” in Greek and Turkish, however, the village was most probably named after an early land owner. In 1958 Turkish Cypriots adopted the alternative name Bağrıkara, meaning “heartsick” or “afflicted.” The village suffered severely from the 1953 earthquake and was rebuilt in another location almost a kilometer away from its original location.
Old Fasoula: The Movie
Before we continue with the blog, have a look at the above film. It is only a couple of minutes long, and will give you an overview of the area. On the face of it, there isn't much to see, but the photos on the next few pages will show you what lies beneath the undergrowth...