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Athienou

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Country  Cyprus
Time zone  EET (UTC+2)
Website  www.athienou.org.cy
District  Larnaca District
Postal code  7600
Population  5,017 (2011)
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Athienou (Greek: Αθηένου or Αθηαίνου [[aθiˈenu]]; Turkish: Kiracıköy) is a village in Larnaca District, Cyprus. It is one of only four villages located within the United Nations Buffer Zone, the other three being Pyla, Troulloi and Deneia. Today, Athienou has a population of around 5,000 people and since 1990 has been home to Davidson College's Athienou Archaeological Project. The town's city hall includes a museum of local history and culture that was established in 2008.

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Map of Athienou

Origin of the name

It is considered by many, that the name of the village Athienou, derived from the ancient Greek word, "Atta" (Greek: Αττα) or "Atha" (Greek: Αθθα), meaning large rock, which characterized the rocky land of the village.

Others believe that the name was given by a group of Athenians (travellers from Athens), who came and settled in the village, to remember their home town.

According to another theory, the name derives from a Lusignan called Etienne, who lived in the area, and the people who lived in the village were mentioning his house as "Etienne's Place" (Greek: "Στου Ετιένου", stou etiennou), and in later years that changed into Athienou.

History

It has been a settlement since Middle Bronze Age.

References

Athienou Wikipedia


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