Kato and Pano Kivides

Published 8th of September, 2019

Nestled in the hills to the north west of Limassol, Kano and Pano Kivides are two abandoned villages that have different stories to tell. A couple of weeks ago we visited them to see what they had to say...

View From The Back

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Often when we visit a new place, we have no idea how big it is. So we drive through it until we reach the other end, and retrace our steps. This isn't the view from the main road, it is looking back at it.

Car Grave

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One of the first things we noticed when we drove through the village was the amount of cars. On first glance this would indicate a thriving population, but closer inspection reveals that they have in fact been dumped. At a guess, I would say that they all belonged to the mechanics we passed on the way down to the village. This is a perfect place for them to store their spares.

Church View

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The village church itself looks pretty impressive though.

More Cars

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You can see what I mean about the cars though. One careful owner...

Dodgy Land

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So why was Pano Kivides abandoned? There is a big church here, so it obviously wasn't a Turkish Cypriot village abandoned in the troubles. No, this village has suffered the same fate as Statos, Agios Fotios and Theletra. It was built on unstable ground. Well, the ground probably wasn't unstable when they built it, but flooding and erosion forced the authorities to act in 1970.

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