Mousere

Published 8th of July, 2019

If you are driving to Troodos on the Kouklia - Dora road, you will pass through Mousere just after Archimandrita. It isn't a very big place, but it is worth a look around, as there are some nice views coupled with some interesting ruins. Plus, the locals are very welcoming...

The Main Drag

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Mousere is not a big place. This is most of what Wikipedia has to say about it:

In 1960 the village had a population of 69 people. In the Municipal elections of 2011, Mousere had 6 pensioner voters registered although they have not been included in the 1992 and 2001 census reports due to their arguable unwillingness to register for the census. They elected Ioanna Meletiou as Community President. Mousere has 2 churches and 10 standing houses. The main church is dedicated to Timios Prodromos and the second to Ayia Sophia. Mousere has no urban planning zone.

Within Mousere there are 11,9 hectares of cultivated land, whilst 37,35 are still uncultivated. Moreover there are 2,21 hectares of pasture land.

Mousere has experienced a cataclysmic decline in its livestock population. Whereas in 1994 there had been 261 sheep, 445 goats and 40 chickens in 2009, this had been eradicated to 0.

Ongoing Work

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So according to Wikipedia, ten of the buildings here are still occupied. I would say that that was about right. However, there are signs that renovations are ongoing.

Hood Ornaments

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These ornamental flowers were certainly well maintained.

Well Kept

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Also, the village is well kept. The people who live here obviously take pride in it. Here you can see one of the two churches, and the local school, behind it.

Church Number 2

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It is perhaps surprising though, that a village this small has two clearly functioning churches. I am used to finding little chapels tucked away in Cypriot side-streets. But both of these churches look like they get regular use. Perhaps they service the surrounding villages and hamlets too?

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