The Semi-Abandoned Village of Mathikoloni

Published 5th of November, 2019

Mathikoloni is situated in the Limassol District of Cyprus. It is a very picturesque blend of modern houses and abandoned ruins. It featured in the 70s BBC series "The Aphrodite Inheritance", so lets take a walk down memory lane...

Distant Mathikoloni

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Being only semi-abandoned has its advantages to the intrepid explorer. It means the village itself is easy to get to. You can reach it via the F130, or possibly the F134. Google can't make up it's mind which road actually runs through it, as the map below shows. However, because we like exploring, we came to the village via bumpy farm tracks. This would enable us to visit an old church on the way...

Mathikoloni By Satellite

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This shows the abandoned section of the village. The lived in bit is above the map. Note the confusing road markings on the left. Once we have visited the church, we will be approaching the village from the bottom right of this map.

Modern Church

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The ancient church is near this more modern one.

Under Cover

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It is under that shelter. I think it is called Agios Nickolaos. Let's take a closer look...

(Incidentally, take a look at the soil in this area. It is littered with old boulders. It must be a nightmare to farm properly.)

Ancient Altar

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It looks like they had to excavate this at some point.

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