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LIMASSOL: THE OLD TOWN CENTRE

ROUTE 2 - THE WATERFRONT

 

From Agios Antonios church, turn left towards the old harbor.  To the east of the church, on the corner, is an ouzo distillery, housed in a converted hammam.  Visit the inside and see the spotless copper cauldrons housed in the former soyunmalik.

You may continue to the old harbor along a shady Eucaltyptus-lined road south east of Agios Antonios church, following the west bank of the torrential Garillis river.
Alongside the river is a disused colonial warehouse, with exterior walls executed in adobe and stone and with a metal support structure in the interior. 

If you follow this route, you will see the tiny votive shrine of Agios Yiorgios of the Poor, behind the church in what used to be a mixed Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot coastal neighbourhood (the planned site of the future marina).

The fishing centre (the Old Harbour)

This used to be one of the main ports of the island, enlarged by the British in the early 20th century, linking Limassol to Alexandria, Acre and Beirut and providing the means to prosperity for the wine making villages of the Limassol district.

Picture the side streets along the harbor, lined with baskets of fresh fruit, olives, oil, carobs, cotton and wine. 

Two inconspicuous votive shrines on either side of the harbor follow both a Christian and Muslim tradition –

One is Agia Thekla (Agia or Ayia = saint) on Agias Theklas street, with its underground Agiasma (holy water spring) bearing an Ottoman dedication plaque;
The other, on the opposite side of the round-about, is the virtually concealed, copper-domed Muslim tomb of Pir Ali Dede Tekke, with its accompanying graveyard of important Sufis.  From here, you may go north towards the castle and resume route 3, or east to the Colonial pier, constructed in the early 20th century.

 

 

 

 
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