Pres­i­dent to in­au­gu­rate Kalopanayi­o­tis el­e­va­tor on June 21

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Pres­i­dent Ni­cos Anas­tasi­ades will in­au­gu­rate the land­mark el­e­va­tor in Kalopanayi­o­tis on Sun­day, June 21, as part of the cer­e­monies to mark the re­vival of the tra­di­tional cen­tre of the agro­tourism vil­lage to at­tract more visi­tors.

The el­e­va­tor pro­ject, that is 50% fi­nanced by EU struc­tural and re­gional funds, was built at a cost of 1.4 mln eu­ros to solve the prob­lem of trans­port­ing tourists and lo­cals from the up­per lev­els of the vil­lage to the tra­di­tional cen­tre be­low, with­out af­fect­ing or dam­ag­ing the scenic and cob­bled nar­row his­toric streets.

Pres­i­dent Anas­tasi­ades will in­au­gu­rate the el­e­va­tor at 10.30am and will be the first to of­fi­cially use it, by de­scend­ing to the his­toric part and strolling around that part of the vil­lage to re­view the whole pro­ject to­gether with Nicosia Dis­trict Of­fi­cer Mar­ios Panayides and com­mu­nity leader Yian­nakis Pa­padouris.

The visit will con­tinue with the in­au­gu­ra­tion of the ‘Myr­i­ant­housa’ health and spa cen­tre of the Casale Panayi­o­tis res­i­dences and an of­fi­cial cer­e­mony at the con­fer­ence cen­tre at noon.

So far, some 10.5 mln eu­ros of public funds have been spent on in­fra­struc­ture projects in the vil­lage and the sur­round­ing ar­eas, in ad­di­tion to the 20 mln in­vested by the pri­vate sec­tor, such as the Casale Panayi­o­tis, which has be­come an at­trac­tion in it­self, lux­ury apart­ments, agro­tourism units, cafés, nat­u­ral path­ways and cy­cle paths.

On the op­po­site em­bank­ment lies one of the holi­est shrines of Chris­ten­dom in Cyprus, the Ayios Ioan­nis (St John) Lam­padis­tis monastery from the 11th cen­tury which is a UNESCO World Her­itage site with its im­mac­u­late Byzan­tine icons and fres­coes, some of which have been re­stored and placed in the ad­ja­cent mu­seum, well worth a visit.

Other at­trac­tions in the area in­clude mu­se­ums, the me­dieval bridge, the wa­ter mill, and more tra­di­tional or folk art. Kalopanayi­o­tis used to be fa­mous for its min­eral wa­ter source and fresh wa­ter springs, while thou­sands of visi­tors ev­ery year will hike or cy­cle in the sur­round­ing Marathasa val­ley, pick fruit or just re­lax in one of the many pic­nic sites and parks.

In­for­ma­tion for ac­com­mo­da­tion is avail­able on the com­mu­nity web­site www.kalopanayi­o­ as well as the Casale Panayi­o­tis http://casalepanayi­o­

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