The village Lofou is located 26 kilometres northwest of Limassol. It is built amphitheatrically on the hills at an altitude of about 800 metres. It is secluded because the road connection does not go further than the village. Lofou is connected with Ipsona and with the Limassol-Platres road at the height of Alassa. To the southwest it is connected with the village Agios Therapondas and it is connected to Pera Pedi with a farm road.

The name

The village owes its name to the fact that it is built on a hill. Its original name was Lofos and was used until the beginning of the 20th century as it seems in the records of the primary school.

The change from Lofos to Lofou occurred due to the fact that the name was used with the word komi which is a feminine word and therefore the word which follows should also be of the same gender.  Therefore the word became Lofou which is what it is known as today in the village.

The foundation

Historical witnesses in order help us to define the exact period of the village foundation do not exist. The area must have been inhabited during the copper era, which is confirmed by the findings of this period. The tools found were at the east entrance of the village.

The opinion which is believed is that the village was founded during the years before the ruling of the Franks in Cyprus. That is how the foundation occurred, when the villagers were forced to abandon the shores for protection. The position of the village is actually very good as it is hidden and offers protection.

The first written witness for the existence of the village is placed during the Frank period. According to a medieval chronographer Leontio Machera , Lofou was given along with some other villages in 1392 by the King of Cyprus Jacob A, to his brother Janot de Louzinian the lord of Beirut. According to the Venetian manuscript at the end of the 15th century, Lofou was included in the list of the Cypriot villages which existed as land pieces of the King of Cyprus.

After the Second World War there was a dramatic decrease in the population in Lofou. The residents of Lofou moved to Ipsona in order to cultivate their land their and later on inhabited Ipsonas.

 

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