Konia

The village of Konia is located at a distance of 3 km east of the city of Paphos and at an average altitude of 190 meters. It neighbours with the villages Anavargos in the NW, Armou in the NE, Marathounta in the East, and Geroskipou in the South.
It is believed that the name of the village comes from the word KONYA, the word used by the Turks to rename the city of Ikonio in Asia Minor, in which four thousand Greeks formerly lived. Quite probably, the first inhabitants of the community were the Greeks from Asia Minor.

Mulberries were cultivated in a small tract of land that was irrigated by the waters of the only communal fountain, which also served the community's need for drinking water to a great extent. Silkworms, which fed on their leaves were raised, especially during the times of WW II and also a bit later on with a silk-factory operating in Geroskipou.
Other trees that  important for the inhabitant's financial state were the "tremithies" (turpentine trees), from the fruits of which oil was extracted and that also were used as food when dried.  Also resin (called "tremintina" in the folkloric language) was gathered from cuts caused by axe blows upon the trunks of large and old trees of that variety. It was filtered and purged of any foreign substances and was then sold to the merchants. After special treatment they produced the well known ‹‹Mastic (Gum) of Paphos››.

In the beginning of the previous century there were some wooden treadmills (draw-wells) in the village that were gradually replaced by metallic ones, being more durable and also more efficient, with which they drew water for the irrigation of some crofts of that era.
Apart from these draw-wells there also were wells with a smaller opening, the water being drawn with a small, manual treadmill that was equipped with ordinary rope, mostly made with cannabis fibres, at the end of which a metallic bucket was fastened.
No specimen of the above types of draw-wells exists today.
Apart from the Community's Fountain and until the 1940's, some natural springs with stone-made ponds were found
Out of these springs only one still exists, the one in "Vasilika" about 1 kilometre from the village.
In the area surrounding the spring until a few years ago there were Sumac bushes, commonly known as "roudhi", which grow naturally in mountainous, wooded regions and the leaves of which have antiseptic properties and were used in the processing of leather (tanning). The lake where the water of the spring was kept for irrigation, was known under the name ‹‹Tabakhane›› (pronounced tabac - chan-e), which in Greek means "tannery", implying that leaves or branches from the surrounding bushes were thrown into the lake's water to prevent the decay of leathers that were intended for commercial use.


During WW II, a manganese mine operated in the village, manganese being a mineral used in the processing of iron to produce steel. 
Some of the women of the village supplemented the family income with weaving. Formerly, apart from rugs ("pefkouthkia" meaning, "little mats") they also wove cotton and silk textiles in the loom. More recently only two or three women still practised this profession. 

These days Konia is becoming popular with both the Cypriots and expats due to its close proximity to Paphos and the motorway network. Also very close by in the neighbouring village of Anavargos is the general hospital and the International School of Paphos giving more reasons for Konias' increasing popularity.

Despite this it remains a very traditional village and still maintains much of its' Olde Worlde charm.
 

 

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