Agia Varvara, Nicosia

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Agia Varvara
Αγία Βαρβάρα
Agia Varvara is located in Cyprus
Agia Varvara
Agia Varvara
Location in Cyprus
Coordinates: 34°59′45″N 33°22′5″E / 34.99583°N 33.36806°E / 34.99583; 33.36806Coordinates: 34°59′45″N 33°22′5″E / 34.99583°N 33.36806°E / 34.99583; 33.36806
Country  Cyprus
District Nicosia District
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 2.204
Time zone UTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+3 (EEST)
Website http://ayiavarvara.org.cy/

Agia Varvara (Greek: Αγία Βαρβάρα) is a village located in the Nicosia District of Cyprus. Agia is the Greek word for "Saint" and is therefore named after Saint Varvara. The village is located 16.5 km from Nicosia and built at an altitude of 310 meters above sea level. The village is known for its many uncultivated and barren pieces of land. [2] In the village there is the Church of Agia Varvara, Chapel of Agia Paraskevi, Chapel of Agios Nektarios and the Chapel of Holy Cross. [3]


Employment[edit]

Residents of the village cultivate crops such as wheat, barley and olives. Many residents travel to the city of Nicosia for work; of which most are employed as government employees, craftsmen and factory workers. [2]

History[edit]

In the location of modern Agia Varvara, there was previously a village named Agia George (or Saint George). Sometime around 1400, the village church was burned and only the icon of Agia Varvara remained intact. The villagers rebuilt the Church near the previous one, and dedicated it to Agia Varvara, which is how the village got its name. [2]


There are various caverns in the region. It is believed that the larger catacombs are for the first Christians.[3] During Kingdom of Cyprus between 1192 and 1489 it was a fief. During Turkish domination, 15-20 Turkish families settled in the village,[3] as well as many residents of Nisou moved to Agia Varvara.[3] Near Agia Varvara, the archeological site named Alymras was discovered in 1982. The site was used for copper production, which dates back to 600 BC.

Ayia Varvara Orthodox Christian Monastery

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Census 2001
  2. ^ a b c "History – Αγία Βαρβάρα/Ayia Varvara". ayiavarvara.org.cy. Retrieved 2018-10-04.
  3. ^ a b c d Agia Varvara website