Kampi

Kampi

The village is also known as "Kampi of Farmaka" due to its proximity to the village of Farmakas.

The village of Kampi or Kambi is a village in Nicosia which is built in a "Kampi" (a village built at the bottom of two mountains, between them) among dozens of mountain tops, with their almost vertical sideways, which in their middle surround a valley through which the Marulena River is found.

The few inhabitants of the village are engaged in the cultivation of vineyards and the production of wine.
Photo: Αγνή Τσουλούπα‎

The story of Kampi:
The history of the village begins in medieval times. There is evidence that it existed from the Frankish period. According to Mas-Latrie, Kampi was one of the two Cypriot villages originally given to the Knights Templar Order, and then, when it was dissolved, was given to the Order of the Knights of John.

The older inhabitants of Kampi report that the village was formerly built in the area of Ftericha and was called Agios Georgios. The inhabitants of this village were mainly engaged in the cultivation of vineyards, olives and the production of almonds.

A devastating epidemic, most probably the plague, forced the inhabitants of Agios Georgios to move and settle in the present location of the village of Kampi Farmakas.
Photo: Αγνή Τσουλούπα‎

The name of the village: 
About how the village got its name there are many versions that stem from folk tradition. The first version reports that the village got its name due to its small size, since the word "kampi" was meant as a small-sized village. The second version connects the name of the village with Peter De Kampin, a Cypriot nobleman. In particular, in 1367, noble Peter De Kampin was sent by King Peter I as an ambassador to Egypt. It is very likely that De Kampin himself or a member of his family was the owner of the village and gave the family's name to the village, which used to be in medieval times, according to the Great Cyprus Encyclopedia. The third version reports the village took its name from its location, since it is built on the bottom of where two mountains meet. Finally, a last version connects the village with the neighboring village of Farmakas. The village is also known as "Kampi of Farmaka" due to its proximity to the village of Farmakas.

Sights of the village:
Taking a walk in the village you will see, stone-built, traditional architecture houses side by side, framing the narrow and scenic streets of the village. In the center of the village you will find the church of the village, which is dedicated to Saint George. It is a stone-built, very old church. The stone used for its erection is a local stone from the surrounding mountain peaks. In the courtyard of the church dominates the cultural center of the village dedicated to the heroes of the community.Photo: Αγνή Τσουλούπα‎

A few meters north of the church, you will find a small park, in which a monument of heroes and missing persons was built for the heroes and the three missing people in the village.
Photo: Αγνή Τσουλούπα‎

In the southwest of the village of Kampi you will see the valley of the village where the flora is rich. There you will see tall walnuts, figs, myths, pomegranates, and dozens of other trees and cyclamen. There is also a nature trail that provides access and a safe walk into the valley.
Photo: Αγνή Τσουλούπα‎

Finally, in the western part of the village there are two bridges named "kamaroto" and "lower vines" they are very close to one another at a distance of about 100 meters.

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