Palodia

Palodia

The alonia of Palodia are considered to be the only alonia in Cyprus at this time

Palodia is a semi-mountainous community in Limassol that is only 7 kilometres from the city centre at a height of 250 metres. The village is adjacent to Spitali, Paramytha and Fasoula.

The Name of the Village: 
For how the village got its name, it is said that when the opening of the narrow passage way between Agia Filaxios and Palodia occurred it was renamed "parodia", so Palodia was derived from this word.
Photo: Giannakis Papanastasiou

Historical data: 
The village of Palodia is mentioned by Leontios Machairas, who refers to it as "the village with the palaces", which is probably Palodia.

In addition, L. Machairas reports that King James I obliged the Count of Tripoli to assign to Beirut lord some villages, including the Palaces.

According to them, if the palaces are Palodia, then the village existed at least since the Frankish rule.

Initially, the parody settlement was located in the area of Alonia, from which the inhabitants were displaced due to weather conditions. The Alonia of Palodia have been designated a Category B Monument by the Department of Antiquities and are considered the only Alonia in Cyprus at this time. It is worth noting that there was also the church of St. Hilarion.

Attractions and churches:
At the entrance of the village you are greeted literally by the monument of the hero Nikos Evagoros who fell heroically in the fight against the English in 1955-59.
Photo: Επαρχιακή Επιτροπή ΕΔΕΚ Λεμεσού

Palodia has impressive and noteworthy churches worth visiting such as the church of Agios Nikolaos and the church of Agioi Anargyroi which is built within the EOKA Fighters' Mall.
Photo: ΑΝΔΡΕΑΣ ΧΡΙΣΤΟΦΟΡΟΥ

Also in the community is the Antonis Mastris and Nikos Evagorou Sports Centre, which was founded in 1977.
Photo: Maria Kiriakou

Population:
Palodia has experienced several population fluctuations since 1881. More specifically in 1881 there were 88 inhabitants. In 1891 they increase to 135 and in 1911 they rose to 168. Then in 1931 they decrease to 150 and in 1986 they rose again to 146. In 1946 they increase to 186 following a rising trend until 1976 to 195 while in 1982 they decrease to 194. In 1992 they increased to 312 and reached 1568 in 2011.

Crops, products and occupations:
One of the main occupations of the inhabitants of Palodia in the older years was sowing and harvesting. That is why the community is famous for its alonia. Nowadays the residents are involved in pottery and beekeeping, so Palodia is famous for its honey and clay pots.

For the map of the area click HERE

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