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Ayia Marina -Kelokedara

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Ayia Marina Kelokedaron is a village in Paphos


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Agia Marina kelokedaron is build at an altitude over 490 meters and is 26 kilometers northeast of the town of Paphos.

Agia Marina Kelokedaron, climatic conditions and terrain favored the creation of a complex landscape, woodlands and grassland also survive.

In the village grow various crops such as olive, almond and carob trees and vineyards. Meanwhile, residents of the village, engaged in the cultivation of cereals, legumes, vegetables and certain items such as vegetables.

Main crops of the region are cereals, legumes, forage plants, vines, a few almond, olive and carob trees.


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At Agia Marina Kelokedaron there is a church dedicated to Agia Marina, and a ruined chapel dedicated to St. George.

The population of this isolated village, noted a steady increase from 1881 to 1960. The 139 souls in 1881 reached 197 in 1921 to 239 in 1946 and 291 in 1960. During the decade of 1960 astyfylia and immigration began to beat all the villages of Cyprus, so in 1973 the inhabitants decreased to 168 and 99 in 1982. In the last census conducted in 2001, residents of the community was only 31.

This small mountain community residents who had served in the first and second world war in various countries of Europe. In Agia Marina inhabitants, although poor, were all large families.

The most basic version of the name of the community that is named Agia Marina, to distinguish it from other nearby villages. As for the Kelokedaron, the most likely explanation is that the village of Agia Marina is located near the village Kelokedara.

The church of Agia Marina is situated in the heart of the village. It is the main church. The present church, according to tradition, was built two hundred years before the foundations of an earlier temple dedicated to the same Saint. Before fifty years, ie the middle of the 20th century was renovated.

The church is a Byzantine style and have common architectural elements of the monastery of Panagia tou Sinti. It is a stone church, made of stone. Covered with a vaulted roof, similar to that of the Sinti Monastery. Dimensions brought about twenty feet long and seven meters wide.

Agia Marina is located in a mountainous region until about 1967 inhabitants, were engaged in agriculture and animal husbandry. From 1950 onwards, many emigrated and specifically in Australia and England. After 1967 because of urbanization, which began to affect all the villages, many residents were leaving for a better life in various cities of Cyprus.

Agia Marina Kelokedaron is one of the villages that maintain the Cyprus tradition through the preparations. The variety of traditional products found in the village is the result of spatial multi-faceted activity, taking advantage of both the agricultural and livestock derivatives. The efforts of villagers to make full use of local goods, refers to the ancient habit of self-sufficient villages.

The village made ​​halloumi, the traditional Cypriot cheese, usually from sheep or goat milk. The women of the village mainly manufacturing halloumi, even today, following the traditional way.

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