Anadiou Cemetery

Published 9th of October, 2018

We were out exploring the other day, and stumbled across an old, abandoned cemetery near Anadiou, which is a remote village between Panagia and Sarama. I have no idea of the history of the cemetery, but am recording it here because the information may be useful to somebody...

A Strange Sight

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Anadiou must be about as remote a village as you can get in Paphos. One day we will blog about it, as it is a lovely place. The route between it and Sarama can be extremely treacherous during the winter months, as the soil consists of very fine dust which is extremly difficult to drive through when wet. So we thought we would have a little explore before the rains arrived.

We certainly weren't out looking for anything like a cemetery as we drove through the fields, but the two white stones caught our notice.

Ruhuna Fatiha

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From examining previous gravestones, I know that the words "Ruhuna Fatiha" are indicitive of Turkish Cypriot graves. It means something like "Pray for our souls" and is the Turkish equivalent of Rest In Peace.

The stones themselves are in excellent condition, considering they have been there for 48 years.

Rear View

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From behind, the grave is clearly very overgrown. I wonder who is keeping the front clean?

Other Graves

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We had a look around, once we had established that the white stones were graves. It soon became apparent that they weren't alone.

More Graves

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Sure enough, there were several stones around the area that looked suspiciously like graves, albeit rather small ones.

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