Return to the Abandoned Rancho Appaloosa

Published 21st of November, 2018

The other day we saw an article about a mysterious church that had appeared in the Kouris Reservoir because of the low water level. When we got there it turned out to be a case of bad journalism. However, as we were in the area, we decided to revisit the abandoned Rancho Appaloosa, to see how much it had changed since we first found the place, in 2016.

Kouris Dam

return-to-the-abandoned-ranch_01

If you take the motorway from Paphos to Limassol, and turn left when you see the sign for Kouris Dam, you will soon arrive here.

Nice View, Shame About the Water Level

return-to-the-abandoned-ranch_02

As I said at the start, we were originally on the lookout for a church that had re-emerged from the reservoir waters due to the low water levels. We couldn't see it at this end.

View From The Dam

return-to-the-abandoned-ranch_03

It is hard to imagine what this must look like when full. It is less than 10% of capacity at the moment. No sign of any church though.

Church on Roller Skates?

return-to-the-abandoned-ranch_04

In fact, we think that the church we read about is actually this one. Yes, it is a ruin. Yes, if the reservoir is full then it might just be underwater. But the reservoir hasn't been that full for years! If you were expecting a Brigadoon-like appearance you would be sadly disappointed. In fact, we had already visited the church on the day we originally found the ranch. We were coming back from Troodos and turned off the main road to inspect a signposted archaeological site. The site itself didn't amount to much, but we noticed there was a geocache at this church, so we did that. We drove back to the motorway along the right hand side of the reservoir, and consequently got nosey when we reached the main entrance.

The Main Entrance

return-to-the-abandoned-ranch_05

Thinking about it, had the archaeological site not been shut, we may have just passed this place by without a second thought. But instead, we stopped then to inspect the place. You can see what we found by reading this blog.

Anyway, as the church had turned out to be a bust, I thought it would be fun to revisit the ranch and see how much it had changed in the two years since we were first here.

Abandoned buildings and villages have always fascinated me. There's something about nature taking back its territory that I find strangely appealing. In Cyprus though, I have always been surprised as to how quickly this process can occur. For instance, the buildings in Kato Archimandrita had only been abandoned for 50 odd years, yet the place looked nearly as ancient as the Paphos Archaeological Park, albeit without the mosaics.

Page 1 of 9

Related Blogs:

The Abandoned Rancho Appaloosa

I feel like apologising for the size of this blog, as it contains over 70 photos. However, this is a lovely place if you like urban exploring, and I felt that if I cut down the picture count I couldn't do it justice. I appreciate that it might not be for everybody though, so the first page contains spoiler photos of what to expect. If you find them interesting, then continue to the main blog!

Latest Blog Articles

Evretou is Cut Off!

Now that the Asprokremmos has well and truly overflowed, we thought we would pay another visit to our old friend Evretou. The abandoned village is sited on the banks of the reservoir of the same name, and until recently was a popular destination for weekend fishing fans. Now though, the waters have risen...

Asprokremmos Dam Revisited

The Asprokremmos Dam first started to overflow over a week ago. We filmed it at the time, but vowed to return once it had got into full swing...

Tsiknopempti Day Drive

A couple of weeks ago Cyprus celebrated Tskinopempti. Like a lot of Cypriot festivities, this involved social eating. We instead opted to go for a drive, as the sun was making an appearance and we wanted to see the sea...

Ezousa Washout

On our numerous visits to the dam over the last few days, we have also taken the opportunity to explore the countryside between the Asprokremmos and Polemi. How had the rains affected the Ezousa Valley? Was one of our hidden picnic areas still intact? Could I even get from Ezousa to Kallepia, like I had done on a previous blog? Would I rescue some German tourists? The short answers are badly, ish, no and yes. For a more in-depth discussion, read on.

Latest News Articles

Annual islandwide clean up to take place in April

For the seventh time, the environment commissioner and the volunteer network Together Cyprus are organising the cleanup campaign Let’s Do It! Cyprus – Clean up Cyprus, which will take place from April 2 to 7, with the main event taking place on Sunday April 7.

Tourism industry issues SOS, needs more workers

Stakeholders in the tourism industry sounded an SOS on Tuesday over the “dire” shortage in both skilled and unskilled workers with the summer season just around the corner.

Anastasiades uses bicommunal match to promote shared vision

President Nicos Anastasiades on Tuesday said that despite any differences with Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, they both share a common vision for achieving lasting peace, stability and prosperous collaboration in the island.

The tulips are beginning to appear!

The tulips are beginning to appear in the tulip fields of Polemi. Don't rush to see them just yet though, as they are still a bit shy.