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Αθηαίνου (Αθηένου)
Country Cyprus
District Larnaca District
 • Mayor Δημήτρης Παπαπέτρου
Population (2001[1])
 • Total 4,126
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Postal code CY-7600
Concise presentation of Athienou

Athienou (Greek: Αθηένου or Αθηαίνου) is a village in Larnaca District, Cyprus. It is one of only four villages located within the United Nations Buffer Zone, the other three being Pyla, Troulloi and Deneia. Today, Athienou has a population of around 5,000 people and is home to Davidson College's Athienou Archaeological Project.

Origin of the name[edit]

It is supported by many, that the name of the village Athienou, derived from the ancient Greek word, "Atta" (Greek: Αττα) or "Atha" (Greek: Αθθα), meaning large rock, which characterized the rocky land of the village.

Others support that the name was given by a group of Athenians (travellers from Athens), who came and settled in the village, to remember their home town.

Others resolve the name to a Lusignan called Etienne, who lived in the area, and the people who lived in the village were mentioning his house as "Etienne's Place" (Greek: "Στου Ετιένου", stou etiennou), and in later years that changed into Athienou.[2][3]


It has been a settlement since Middle Bronze Age.[4][additional citation needed]


  1. ^ Statistical Service of the Republic of Cyprus (MS Excel), 2001 Population Census
  2. ^ "Municipality of Athienou - One of the most ancient municipalities". Municipality of Athienou. Retrieved 20 July 2008. 
  3. ^ Agelarakis A., “Paleopathology and its Contributions to the Decipherment of the Human Condition in Antiquity: A Preliminary Report for the Case of two Skeletal Populations from Malloura in Cyprus”, Report of the Department of Antiquities, Cyprus, 1997: 239-250
  4. ^ According to chart on the wall in exhibit room number 1 at the Larnaca District Museum

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Coordinates: 35°04′N 33°32′E / 35.067°N 33.533°E / 35.067; 33.533