Moniatis is a village of Limassol that is about 30 km from the city and it is built on the Troodos Mountains. It is a village surrounded by greenery, renowned for its natural environment, which enjoyed tremendous growth in the 1990s.
The name of the village:
According to the tradition, the village of Moniatis was named after the many mansions that existed about 500 years ago in the area, when the village began to be created.
Photo: Savvas Drousiotis
Sights and churches:
In the centre of Moniatis you can the first houses and the mosque that was preserved in the neighbourhood where Turkish Cypriots lived before the Turkish invasion in 1974. Inside the village you can also see the Heroes Monument dedicated to Panikos Pourgourides and impressive is the " pine tree " at the entrance of the village.
In Moniati there are remarkable churches such as the central church of Panagia Odigitria, the chapel of Archangel Michael built in 1717, which dominates near the villages core, the historical monastery of Timios Prodromos dating from the end of the 15th century, the chapel of Zoodochos Pigis and the chapel of Prophet Elias.
In the area of Moniatis, there are beautiful nature trails that offer relaxation and tranquillity to visitors, giving it the opportunity to study them as well as admire the waterfalls and the "environmental lung" Mesa Potamos.
Photo: John Kotsovos
Also worth visiting is the small barrier of the village, as well as the impressing double bridges, which is the natural border of the Community with Trimiklini and it is the only one in Cyprus.
Photo: Cyprus Aerial Photography
Finally, in Moniati there are springs with sulphuric waters, which are known for their healing properties.
Photo: Yiannis Makriyianni
Moniatis, over the years, experienced many population fluctuations. In 1881 it had 92 inhabitants, which gradually increased to 183 in 1911. In 1921 they were reduced to 174 and increased again to 257 in 1931. In 1960 the village numbered 356 inhabitants. In 1973 it had 217, in 1976 it had 319. In 1982, from 217 it gradually increased and in 2011 it reached 275.
Moniatis has a rich natural vegetation, especially pine trees. Next to it there is the ravine of the small tributary of Kouris River which cypresses, walnut trees, eucalyptus trees and poplars thrive.
Photo: Cyprus Villages
For the map of the area, click HERE