Lofou

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Lofou
Λόφου
Lofou village
Lofou village
Lofou is located in Cyprus
Lofou
Lofou
Location in Cyprus
Coordinates: 34°48′57″N 32°52′31″E / 34.81583°N 32.87528°E / 34.81583; 32.87528Coordinates: 34°48′57″N 32°52′31″E / 34.81583°N 32.87528°E / 34.81583; 32.87528
Country  Cyprus
District Limassol District
Population (2001)[1]
 • Total 10
Time zone UTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+3 (EEST)
Website http://www.lofou.org/

Lofou (Greek: Λόφου) is a village in the Limassol District of Cyprus, located 5 km northweast of Agios Therapon.

Establishment[edit]

There are no historical findings that may help us define the exact date on which 'Lofou' was founded. The area must have been inhabited since the Bronze Age.

The dominant view regards that the village must have been founded some years before Cyprus was occupied by the Franks in the late 12th century. During that time and because of the Ottoman invasions, the locals were forced to abandon the coasts and move to the inner parts of the island in order to find refuge. The location of the village was truly ideal for their needs since it is hidden in the mountains and, as a consequence, it provided a sense of security. This theory is also supported by Nearchos Kliridis (1961) and J. C. Goodwin (1977), both of whom support that the village must have been built before the word 'lofos' was replaced by the word 'laonin'. There are quite a few settlements in Greece under the name 'Lofos' or 'Lofoi' (hills), a fact that confirms the theories of Simos Menandros (1970) and other researchers that we should consider the village 'ancient'. The same applies to all other villages whose names derive from words that have been replaced or are no longer used.

The Name[edit]

The village is built on a hill between mountains and gets its name based on this fact. The name Lofou was inspired by the Greek word 'lofos' which means 'hill'. The original name of the village was "Lofos" since the early 20th century. That can be proven by the birth certificates provided by the local primary school, on which "Lofos" was written as the birthplace of the students.

Renaming of the village from "Lofos" to "Lofou" may be attributed to a linguistic change in the everyday language of local farmers. They used "Lofou" to refer to the village, since they use such a suffix when they are referring to the village's residents or its local products (as λόφος is singular masculine nomnitive and thus usually the subject for a verb while λόφου is singular and masculine as well but in the genitive declension and therefore can be thought of as, "of the hill."

References[edit]

www.salofou.org