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Spitali is a village in the Limassol Province, located 15 kilometres north of Limassol and it is built at an altitude of 400 meters.
It borders to the south with Palodia, to the west with Paramytha, to the north with Apsiou and to the east with Fasoula.
Spitali village is twinned with Spitali Messinia.
Photo: Andri Andreou
Many tombs of the Roman era have been discovered in Spitali, indicating the existence of the population from this period.
In the 20th century, there was a significant railroad station in Spitali that started from Amiantos and ended in Limassol. Using the railroad, they use to transfer asbestos from the Amiantos Mines to other countries. The station stopped operating in 1988 when the mine was closed.
The Name of the Village:
The origin of the name of the village of Spitali has been etymologically collected 3 interpretations.
The first one says that it was called Spitali because of its small houses. Another says it was called Spitali because of the many ancient tombs of Roman times, while a third says it was named Spitali because it belonged to the Ioannites Knights called Cypriots Spitaliotes.
The inhabitants of Spitali were always Greek Cypriots. Over the years, the village has experienced several changes. More precisely in 1881 Spitali had 89 inhabitants who in 1891 increased to 100, in 1901 to 126 and in 1911 to 119. In 1921 they increased to 130 and in 1946 to 159. In 1960 the population was 207 and increased to 217 in 1973. In 1976 they decreased to 208 and increased to 218 in 1992. In 2001 the village had 188 inhabitants and in 2011 they reached to 316.
Photo: Costas Vichas A
In Spitali you will find the Church of Agia Anne.
Photo: Costas Mageiroudes
For the map of the area click HERE