Pyla

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This article is about a village in Cyprus. For the town in Greece, see Pyli. For the French sand dune, see The Great Dune of Pyla.
Pyla
A view from Pyla
A view from Pyla
Pyla is located in Cyprus
Pyla
Pyla
Coordinates: 35°01′45″N 33°41′30″E / 35.02917°N 33.69167°E / 35.02917; 33.69167Coordinates: 35°01′45″N 33°41′30″E / 35.02917°N 33.69167°E / 35.02917; 33.69167
Country  Cyprus
District Larnaca District
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 2,771
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)

Pyla (Greek: Πύλα; Turkish: Pile) 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 Athienou, Troulloi and Deneia. Pyla is located in the eastern part of the island, adjacent to the British Sovereign Base Area of Dhekelia. From a legal point of view, it is administered as all other areas controlled by the government of the Republic of Cyprus.

The village is special in the respect that it is the only settlement in Cyprus still inhabited by both its original Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot inhabitants.[2] 850 of the inhabitants are Greek Cypriots and 487 are Turkish Cypriots.[3] The village has three churches and one mosque.

Pyla-Kokkinokremos[4] is an archaeological site.

History[edit]

Turkish cafeteria in the centre of Pyla

Pyla is among the oldest villages in Cyprus. The village was first inhabited during the Middle Ages. In several old maps is marked with the names: Pila or Pilla.

The name of the village is Greek which lead us to the assumption that the village existed during the Byzantine years. The name "Pyla" is after the Greek word "πύλη"(entrance), probably because it was the only way to travel to the plain of Mesaoria.

Pyla Tourist Area[edit]

Pyla Tourist Area is the area which neighbours the sea and belongs to the administrative division of the village of Pyla.

Several of the most luxurious hotels in Cyprus are located in the tourist area of Pyla such as: Golden Bay, Lordos and Sandy Beach. This strip is lined with a mix of taverns and restaurants, as well as tourist shops and boutiques which all run parallel to the beachside which offers organised facilities, as well as kiosks and ice-cream stands. Pyla Tourist Area continues through the new Larnaca-Dhekelia sea road, onwards to the C.T.O. (Cyprus Tourist Organisation) beach.

Sports[edit]

Currently, Aspis FC is the only football club in the village of Pyla. Also, the village hosts a volleyball club, named Finikas.

People from Pyla[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Population - Place of Residence, 2011". Statistical Service of Cyprus (CYSTAT). 17 April 2014. 
  2. ^ http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,,1025809,00.html
  3. ^ http://www.unficyp.org/nqcontent.cfm?a_id=1416&tt=graphic&lang=l1
  4. ^ Keswani, Priscilla (2004). Mortuary Ritual and Society in Bronze Age Cyprus. p. 155. Still other small centers such as Maa Palaeokastro and Pyla Kokkinokremos may conceivably have been founded as outposts of other larger urban settlements like Kouklia or Kition, thus constituting externally imposed foci of elite power within the surrounding countryside.