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Palaichori

Palaichori

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Palaichori
Παλαιχώρι
Palaichori
Location in Cyprus
Coordinates: 34°55′22″N 33°5′42″E / 34.92278°N 33.09500°E / 34.92278; 33.09500Coordinates: 34°55′22″N 33°5′42″E / 34.92278°N 33.09500°E / 34.92278; 33.09500
Country  Cyprus
District Nicosia District
Elevation 3,050 ft (930 m)
Population (2001)[1]
 • Total 1,196
Time zone UTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+3 (EEST)
Website www.palaichori.org

Palaichori (Greek: Παλαιχώρι) is a village located in the Nicosia District of Cyprus on the E 903 road. The village stands at an altitude of 930 m.[2] . Officially the village is divided into two municipalities : Palaichori Oreinis and Palaichori Morphou. It is separated by the Serrache River.[2] In village there is Metamorfosis tou Sotiros Greek: Μεταμορφώσης του Σωτήρος, church from 16. century, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site along with nine other Painted Churches in the Troödos Region.

History, churches and monuments

Palaichori was first mentioned in 13th century documents.[3] It is believed that Knights Templar got village from King of Cyprus Henry II of Jerusalem.[3]

The church Panagia Chrysopantanassa is built in 16. century.[3] Frescoes are influenced by both western and byzantine styles. On the hill overlooking Palaichori there is Metamorfosis tou Sotiros (Greek: Μεταμορφώσης του Σωτήρος, The Church of the Transfiguration of the Saviour), church from 16. century, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site along with nine other Painted Churches in the Troödos Region. Wall paintings in The Church of the Transfiguration of the Saviour are among the most complete of the Late Byzantine period in Cyprus.[4] Paintings are influenced by art of Palaiologan period and some western art, but at same time keeping own style.

Church Agios Georgios is from about 16th -17th century.[2] The Church of Saint Luke is built 1918.[5] In village there is also Byzantine Heritage Museum with byzantine arts and icons from churches of Palaichori and surrounding villages.[3] Museum exhibits art from 12. to 17. century.[3]

The statue of the Cypriot Mother overlooks village.[2] Liberation Struggle Museum is opened in house which was hideout for EOKA liberation fighters.[3] Businessman and politician Michalis Zampelas (born 1942) was born in Palaichori.[6] In Palaichori are also born:

Church Panagia Chrysopantanassa

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