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Ancient monuments escaped Arakapas fire

old panayia iamatiki church arakapas
The old Panayia Iamatiki church in Arakapas

The catastrophic fires that raged throughout the weekend in the mountainous areas of Limassol and Larnaca did not damage any ancient monuments, according to the antiquities department.

In a written announcement on Monday the department expressed “deep sadness” about the deadly effects of the fires, which killed four people and burned around 55 square kilometres of land across the villages of Arakapas and Eptagonia in the Limassol district and Ora, Melini, Odou, Ayioi Vavatsinias and Vavatsinia in the Larnaca district.

Officials were sent to the affected areas on Monday morning to assess the extent of damages to a number of ancient monuments, the announcement said.

These monuments include: the Timios Stavros and Panayia Iamatiki churches in Arakapas, Akapnou bridge, Ayios Georgios and Panayia tou Kampou churches in Akapnou, Ayia Marina church in Odou, Panayia Church in Vavatsinia, Panayia Chryseleousa in Melini, Parsata settlement in Ora, Ayioi Anargyroi church in Ayiou Vavatsinias, Archangelos Michael church and the water mill in Dieronas, and the Sykopetra olive press.

“It was determined that even though the fire got very close to some of the monuments, none were affected by the flames,” the announcement said.

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