|Goudi is situated
in the valley of Chrysochous. It is said that the name of the village
in the past, was Voudi or Vuti. While touring in the village you will
meet old buildings, such as the old Elementary school, the church,
the bust-monument of the hero Georgios Hadjiyannis, traditional and
modern houses, traditional coffee shops and an olive-oil press. But
lets get to know the village better through a short tour.
The river Tzerepis, divides the village and it
constitutes the frontier between the modern and the traditional
community. A stone-made bridge is the point where the two sides
of the village meet.
The traditional side is full of stone-made houses, and narrow paths,
contrarily to the sec-mod side where the houses are built with modern
building materials, wide roads and pavements. Walking through the
traditional neighborhood to the modern one, you will feel like traveling
in time, traveling from antiquity to modern times.
Generally, the houses are studded in the village.
Its center is situated on the west hills of the valley of Chrysochous,
while the rest of the village lies in the valley and on the east
hills. The stray houses, which are built on the hills, look out
on the sea. The view from this point is amazing.
In the village there are apparent marks of the
past. For example two traditional coffee shops, where men spend
their leisure time, survive till our times.
Furthermore, the habitants produced olive oil
for centuries and one of the two traditional oil-presses of the
village still works. Despite the limited production, what is remarkable
is that it is still open, even for the few people who want to use
The tour in the village, leads to the picturesque
building of the Elementary school, which stands melancholic showing
that time has stopped some decades ago. According to the mayor,
the Elementary school opened for the first time in 1930. Despite
the difficulties that the school had to deal with, it remained open
for half a century. And to be more specific, it was open until the
end of 1979. Nowadays, the children of the village need to go to
the Elementary school of Polis Chrysochous as the village has no
longer one of its own. It is remarkable that in the past, the children
of the area took the basic knowledge, long before the foundation
of the school. It is said that the habitants of Goudi learned how
to read before the English occupation, in the late 19th century.
The center of the village is decorated with an
old church, which stands still for centuries. The ecclesiastic building
is dedicated to Saint George and it was restored and enlarged in
1927. For more information, you can visit the relevant page. In
the back yard of the church you can see the bust-monument of a hero
who was born in the village, Georgios Hadjiyiannis.
Georgios Hadjiyiannis was an important hero of
the village. He was born on 9 November 1946. He has shown a special
interest for literature and sports and he was a distinguished athlete
of the area. He studied in the high school of Polis Chrysochous
and he wanted to continue his studies in a medical school, so that
he could help other people.
Unfortunately, reality has been cruel on him since
his childhood. His father, Spyros Hadjiyiannis, who was a member
of EOKA, (National Organization of Cypriot Fighters who fought against
the English troops) was arrested and taken to a prison camp. George
has then said to his mother: “if I was older, I would join EOKA,
send the English troops away and free my father”. His mental strength
was obvious from an early age. When he was ten years old, he was
forced by English soldiers to run nonstop along the road of the
village. Despite his young age he did not lose his courage.
Some years later, on 10 August 1964, when he was
a soldier in a guardhouse in Polis Chrysochous, he was deadly shot
from a Turk soldier. The village honors his memory as a bust monument
was built and also by giving his name to a road in the village.
Without any doubt, Goudi is one of the most
beautiful villages in Cyprus. To sum up in a few words, the village
will impress you with its original figuration, the picturesque bridge
where the two sides of the village meet, the ancient church with
the bust-monument, the old Elementary school, the oil-press and
the coffee-shops. Without dispute, touring in the village will allow
you to discover many aspects of the habitants’ way of life and also
of its historic route.