Alona (Greek: Άλωνα) is a village in the Nicosia District of Cyprus. It located on the north side of the Troodos peaks between Madari and Papoutsa mountain ranges at an altitude of 1200 meters.
The population of Alona, and surrounding villages of the Pitsilia locale, like Platanistassa, have traditionally been Greek-speaking and Christian. Moslem Turks did not live in the area between 1572 and 1964, although lots of Turks would holiday there. There have been periods of Catholic and Venetian domination, however, with the Church of Cyprus becoming dissolved.
The village lies in a unique green valley of hazels. The Alona smothered in green crammed into gardens with all kinds of fruit trees and large areas of nut trees , is one of the most beautiful villages of our country. For seven months of the year find fragrant fruit of all words starting with cherries May until the late grapes of November.
All seasons are very pronounced in the village. The winter the clothes lavishly with white fur snow, Spring makes it fragrant of the flowering of almond and fruit trees, the Summer immersed in the green and freshness and Autumn covered with gold of yellowed leaves.
The central streets paved, covered over in large part by thick vines make you forget that you are in a mountainous Mediterranean village and you think you are a road through the rainforest. The same feeling, but in a more pronounced extent, you feel going through the paths under the hazels who meet every small or big valley. The nature study trail "Peter Vanezis" passing under the hazels, receives hundreds of nature lovers each year and for all time. It is a path from the finest that exist in Cyprus.
The traditional stone houses of old neighborhoods with the paved uphill by mountain stone streets, to bring in some other nostalgic times. On your walk you see spring up the remains of the works of folk craftsman who left his mark forever in the village.
The village church surrounded by cherry trees and other trees was built in 1835 on the ruins of the previous that once upon delivery monastery and was destroyed by fire. Among the icons there is also St George patron of the village, work of the famous painter Kornaros of Crete. Old is the miraculous icon of the Virgin Galaktotrofousa whose fame is known not only in the region but in the whole of Cyprus and until a few years ago took refuge in the grace of women from all over the island, to have milk to suck their children. In 1998 and within the exhibition of Treasures of the Church of St. George Alon became revelation of images and below the silver investment has discovered rare picture of St. George, only known work of Simeon Protoiereos (1641) and the icon Chrysogalousas (1648).
The ancient church of Panagia Kardakiotissas restored after the fire that devastated in 1987 and returned to its original form before the renovations of the decade of 60. The chapel is preserved only the ancient image of Christ after the miraculous image of the Virgin was burned.
A few years ago the love of local people rebuilt the chapel of St. Nicholas Symfylou near the Forest Virgin Station and 3 km. From the village of Kato Moni. The chapel was built on the ruins of the old church of St. Nicholas and was inaugurated in 2008.
Alona annually hosts a festival to mark the feast day of the Dormition of the Mother of God, on the 15th of August. This event involves traditional Cypriot music and food. There are two very old churches, the main one being St George, which houses an exceptional ikon of the saint. The village has a library, and a Co-operative. The Cypriot modern painter Telemachos Kanthos had a house in the village and many of his oils are of the surrounding mountain scenery.