Athienou

Located in the Larnaka (Larnaca) region, the village of Athienou is a large community found midway between the city of Lefkosia (Nicosia) (38 km) and the town of Larnaka (33 km), and can be reached by following either the A3 and the B17 route, or the A2 and B2 route.

Athienou has been inhabited since the Neolithic period, and is the continuation of the ancient city-kingdom of Golgoi.

The village is famous for its delicious traditional bread – known locally as ‘Athienitiko’ – and its pastries, as well as its dairy products, which visitors can watch being made.
Other interesting sights include the archaeological site of Athienou-Malloura, the Kallinikeio Municipal Museum (which also exhibits finds from the Malloura site), and several old, restored buildings – including a traditional flour mill.

Athienou’s churches of Panagia Chryseleoussa, Agios Fokas and Agios Georgios are particularly notable for their historically significant icons and frescoes.
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Kallinikeio Municipal Museum

The erection of the Kallinikeio Municipal Museum was a matter of time for Athienou, a place rich in cultural heritage, coming from the ancient years. The museum, which is distinguished by its modern architecture, was named after Monk Kallinikos Stavrovouniotis, a benefactor, citizen of Athienou and a excellent hagiographer.

The inauguration of the Museum took place on July 3rd, 2009 by the honorable minister of communications and works Mr. Nikos Nikolaidis.

The museum consists of: Archaeological, Ethnographic and Religious Art collections. It is housed in the Kallinikeio Municipal Hall, along with the Municipal Offices.
The aim of the exhibition halls is to function as a center of instant communication between the museum exhibits and visitors, a source of knowledge for children and adults, a reminder of previous years and a tourist attraction sharing knowledge regarding the local – national history and culture.

Click here to be redirected to the website of Kallinikeio Municipal Museum of Athienou.

Coop Square

The square was constructed in the center of the traditional core of the municipality close to the ‘‘Koumbinou’’ square. Degradation of ‘‘Koumbinou’’ square due to moving the center of the municipality to the south, around the churches’ square, created difficulties in connecting the southern and northern part of Athienou.

The aim of constructing the new square was to link the southern and northern parts of Athienou and to replace ‘Koumbinou’’ square.

A lodge was constructed on the western edge of the square and the floor was extended to the east and towards the ‘‘Koumbinou’’ square with the purpose of their spatial connection.
For the success of this undertaking specific functions needed to be present for the daily and periodical support of the square.

The setup of the square directly reflects the above functions. The space beneath the lodge is used as a stage for various events.

Undoubtedly, the area of the coop square needs maintenance and upgrade. The issue is under the consideration of the municipal council.

Municipal Market

The municipal market of Athienou was built in the 1950s and is considered an excellent example of architecture. It is the work of architect Mr. Neoptolemos Michaelides and a particularly innovative building for the standards of that period.

The building ‘harmoniously’ coexists with the history of Athienou and highlights the role that the municipality played before the tragic events of 1974 and its inextricable link with the plain of Mesaoria.

This public building expresses the bourgeois character of Athienou but in no way conflicts with the traditional architecture of Mesaoria. Before the Turkish invasion, the municipal market was operating as the central mall of the region since residents of nearby villages visited it for purchases and / or to trade their goods.

Today the market is not working and its maintenance has been neglected. The skeleton of the building is of reinforced concrete and it is still in good condition. It can be described as a civil engineering achievement of that period.

The revival of the municipal market is of urgent need in order to save the innovative architecture, but mainly to emphasize the interest of the local population to protect and preserve the rich history of their hometown.

The project of the municipal market redevelopment and landscaping, but also the development of the Square of the Church of Saint Fokas, has already been approved as an urban project with a total budget of €2.400.000+ VAT
Responsible authority for this undertaking is the Department of Building and Housing, with 80% of the total cost covered by state funds.

The contribution of the Municipality is 20% of the total cost, which will be covered by available appropriations from the consolidated loan concluded by the Municipality with a governmental guarantee.

The Municipal Market will be transformed into a Multifunctional Cultural Center.

The west side will host the Municipal Cultural Association and serve the needs of the choir, dance and theatre groups. It also provided for the establishment of offices for the meetings of the Municipal Cultural Association Committee, a stage for rehearsals, sitting spaces etc. The east side will host the Municipal Library with modernized facilities and equipment. In addition, there will be an open space for the catering needs of children, possibly during afternoon recreational programs.

The design, construction plans and the tender invitation documents were finalized by the Private Consulting agency of Mr. Socrates Stratis, and have been reviewed and approved by the Department of Building and Housing.

In July 2019 bids have been requested for the Project, with an estimated cost of € 1,630,000 excluding VAT.

Municipal Parks

Municipal Parks – Athienou Municipality

KONSTANTINEIO MUNICIPAL PARK

The area of ​​the park was donated in 1914 by Constantinos B. Lytras to the School Board of Athienou for use as a school garden for the needs of Schools in Athienou.

Constantinos B. Lytras coming from a wealthy local family, was born in the late 19th century and died in 1956. He was distinguished for his pathological love for trees and was characterized as the “Agronomist” of Athienou.

In 1986, the municipal council, requested from the School Board of Athienou to grant the above area for the creation of the municipal park, a request which was granted.

The aim of the project was to create a modern park that would attract both young children and adults. It is the most important “green area” of the Municipality of Athienou and is a project that has upgraded the quality of life of its residents.

Improvements on a serious scale have been undertaken such as placing a special safety floor at the games’ area, the paving of corridors, the creation of birdhouses hosting various birds, upgrading of the events’ stage.

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mail@athienou.org.cy
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Athienou Municipality 2, Archbishop Makarios III Ave. 7600 Athienou Cyprus
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24811370