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The Museum

The creation of the Kallinikeio Municipal Museum of Athienou was a matter of time for the municipality, a place rich in cultural heritage, whose existence is dated back to the ancient times. The Museum, which is distinguished for its modern architecture, was named after monk Kallinikos Stavrovouniotis, a son and benefactor of Athienou and an excellent icon painter.

The inauguration ceremony of the Museum was held on July 3rd 2009 and performed by the honourable Minister of Communications and Works Mr. Nicos Nicolaides.

The Museum consists of the Archaeological Collection, the Collection of Ecclesiastical Art and the Ethnographic Collection. It is housed in the Kallinikeio Municipal Hall of Athienou along with the municipality of the town.

The aim of the exhibition areas of the Museum is to operate as a centre of communication with the visitors, as a source of knowledge for both adults and children, to bring back memories of the past, to attract tourists and to give people the opportunity to become aware of our local and national history and culture.

ATHIENOU

The town of Athienou is located in the plain of Mesaoria, between the urban centers of Nicosia and Larnaca. Its history can be characterized over the years as diverse. A milestone of the recent history of the area has been the Turkish invasion of 1974, which established Athienou as a frontier area, since 65% of the town’s territorial boundaries are under illegal Turkish occupation. The town’s population numbers 6000 residents, whereas there are hundreds of people from Athienou who have emigrated mainly to Australia, Great Britain and the USA.

Archaeological excavations in the wider area of Athienou have brought to light ancient findings dated back to the Neolithic Period (8500-3900 B.C.). Ever since the ancient times, the area has been inhabited and developed. As a result, the Municipality is today well-known both for its archaeological and cultural heritage and for its hardworking and progressive residents.

Athienou, a place famous for its traditional professions related to bakery and cheese making, exports products both within Cyprus and abroad.

The younger generations are particularly involved in sports and arts, painting, music, dancing and theatre. The religious tradition of the town is indicated by its four churches and four outdoor chapels standing around it.

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