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Kritou Terra village

kritou terra village paphos

Located in the Pafos (Paphos) region, at an altitude of 470 metres above sea level, the quaint village of Kritou Terra is one of the wine growing villages of the area, and also grows various other fruits and crops in its picturesque countryside. Just 45 km away from Pafos airport, Kritou Terra can be reached by following the B7 from the town of Pafos, and then the E711.

The village was once known as ‘Kritou’ under Frankish rule. It is marked as ‘Critu’ as well as ‘Terra’ on old maps, reinforcing the view that there were originally two different villages which eventually merged into one.

The main church of the village is dedicated to Panagia Chryseleousa, whilst the significant church of Agia Aikaterini stands approximately 3 km from the village, having been beautifully restored, and operating once a year on the saint’s day of Agia Aikaterini.

Locals of Kritou Terra are also proud of the village’s history as the birthplace of Hadjigeorgakis Kornesios - the most prominent Dragoman of Cyprus - as well as its status of having the island’s first ‘casino’ during Ottoman Rule in the 19th century. Within the casino structure are rare wall paintings of folkloric art, depicting themes inspired by popular legends.

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