Palaichori, - Grigoris Afxentiou hideout

Trip Start Mar 03, 2010
Trip End Feb 06, 2011

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Flag of Cyprus  , Nicosia,
Wednesday, March 16, 2011

I have been urged to visit the village of Palaichori on this trip since I am already in the region of Pitsilia. The village is nestling between two steep slopes at a height of 900 metres above sea lever.

The reason of this visit is to see the hideout of Grigoris Afxentiou.

As we approach, the village is really beautiful and picturesque, - a real jewel, exactly as I had expected it to be.

Of course we don't spare much time on this trip, and it seems that I will have to return and probably spend one or two nights to cover everything.

One of the four churches of the village is Panayia Chrysopantanassa, and is built the 16th century. It is indeed very impressive. We find it locked but since we don’t have time we go directly to the hideout of Afxentiou, a few steps further.

I have the pleasure of meeting Mr. Andrea and Maritsa Karaoli, the couple who offered refuge to Afxentiou. They have given their house to the Council of Historic Memory of the Struggle 1955-59  (EOKA).

I have a thread below with the history and all details about this great hero who was a true patriot, giving his life for the liberation of Cyprus from British colonial rule.

His room was directly behind the police station of the village where British soldiers were also situated, and from there he was able to follow their every move.

I am impressed with the 2 hideouts, one of which was under a staircase, and the other was under an oven. Afxentiou remained in the hideout for 48 hours with 5 other men and the British were unable to establish his whereabouts despite intensive searches.

On a recent trip I had in the Monastery of Machairas I visited the hideout where the British forces surrounded Afxentiou in 1957 and killed him.

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rossport on

Another great Blog and a history lesson as well Popi well done and the struggle was a painful way to gain freedom from the British overlords at that time, Mind you even today there are struggles happening to get freedom for all

Carol on

Thank you Popi - an inspiration and an honor to read about this hero!

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