A municipality the size of a city
Strovolos Municipality in Nicosia was founded in 1986 and is the second largest municipality in Cyprus. Today a population of more than 70,000 inhabitants.Photo: Nikandros Savvides
References to Strovolos or Strovilos date back to medieval times, from the well-known medieval chronicler Leontios Macheras and shortly after Florios Voustronios. During the Frankish period, Strovolos was a royal feud, while during the Venetian period there was no data on Strovolos. A decisive role in the development of Strovolos' history was played by the Ethnarchy Archbishop of Kyprianos, who, during the Greek Revolution of 1821, contributed to the rescue of the Greek spirit and Christendom. The Archbishop and other archbishops and preachers were hanged by the Turks on July 9, 1821.
Today (2018) Strovolos is a big suburb. It occupies an area of 25 square kilometers and is divided into 6 parishes: Chryseleousa, Saint Dimitrios, Apostolos Barnabas and Saint Makarios, Saint Vasilios, Ethnomartyras Kyprianos and Stavros. Photo: commons.wikimedia.org
Following the tragic events of 1974, when Turkey invaded Cyprus, Strovolos developed and took its present form due to the fact that many refugees settled in the area of the Municipality. In Strovolos, after 1974, a large industrial area has been operating, services and construction have grown to a great extent.
In 2014, the installation of the necessary infrastructure for the operation of the Cultural Center, which consists of the renovated building (the old Town Hall), where public spaces are available for rent, was completed. The new building of the cultural center houses the municipal Strovolos library, with facilities and facilities. The collections of the municipal library are representative of the full range of knowledge. Today the collection of the library includes 30,000 volumes of books and a small number of audiovisual material.
Strovolos Municipal Theater is located in Strovolos Avenue, the Strovolos Municipal Theater, the program of which is displayed every month on the website of the Municipality of Strovolos to inform the public.
In the area of the Municipality are created spaces for entertainment of the citizens. Green parks that give a different look to the entire area of Strovolos. Over 250 green spaces and islets on the main roads have been created while at the same time about 40,000 trees have been planted in public places, municipal parking spaces and elsewhere. There are also 32 organized green areas with amphitheatres, lakes, fountains and 65 playgrounds.
Koronides are the parks of Acropolis and Agios Dimitrios which are unique in their kind.
The main parks in which everyone can find relaxation, recreation and entertainment are the following:
- Acropolis Park
- Linear Pediou Park (pedestrian and bicycle path)
Photo: Nikandros Savvides
- Agios Dimitrios Park
- "Takis Zebbyla" Park
- Veroia Park
- Ialysos Park »
- CYTA Park
- "Anastasiou and Efrosini Tosouoglou" Park, despite the street of Georgiou Davari
- Park opposite the Thesprotia and Thyateron streets
- Park opposite the church of Apostle Louka, in the governmental settlement "Kokkines"
- Park in front of Apostolou Melathrianou Street
- Park in front of Agios Ioannis Chrysostomou Street, in Archangelos
- Park opposite the Patriarch Peter Street, in Archangelos
By the decision of the Board of Directors, the caves of the Acropolis Park have been formed in a space of events aimed at promoting culture, arts and literature. The installation of the necessary infrastructure has been completed so that caves can be used as a space for lectures, exhibitions, quality musical events, seminars, book presentations and other events. Also, the People's Market operates every Friday in the warehouse area of the Municipality despite the Strovolos industrial area.
Today there are 27 churches and chapels in Strovolos, which are the following:
- Holy Church of Panagia Chryseleousa
- Holy Church of Saint George
- Holy Temple of God of Wisdom (Tou Theou Sofias)
Photo: ΑΝΔΡΕΑΣ ΧΡΙΣΤΟΦΟΡΟΥ
- Chapel of Saint Marina
- Ecumenical House of Saint Marina
- Holy Church of Saint Basil
- Chapel of Apostle Andrew (at Byzantium Street)
- Holy Temple of St. Demetrius
- Chapel of Saint Paraskevi
- Holy Church of Apostle Barnabas and St. Makarios
- Saint Arsenios Church of Kappadoki (Arodafounousa Foundation)
- Holy Church of Apostle Barnabas (School of the Blind)
- Holy Temple of the Holy Cross
- Holy Church of Apostle Andrew (Strovolos III)
- Chapel of St. Christopher (Stelios Ioannou Foundation)
- Holy Spyridon Church
- Temple of Apostle Loukas (Red House)
- Saint Stylianos Church (White House)
- Chapel of Panagia Trachonitissa (Strovolos III)
- Saint Cosmas Chapel of Aitolos
- Armenian church
- Saint Nicholas Church (GSP Area)
- Holy Temple of Apostle and Evangelist Markos
- Church of Saints Anargyroi (General Hospital of Nicosia)
- Chapel of Saints Constantine and Helen (Camp Kostaki Pantelidis)
- Chapel of Saint Luke of Simferopol and Crimea (Apollonios Hospital)
- Chapel of Saint Fanourios (Acropolis Area)