Omodos is a village in the foothills of the Troödos Mountains and a popular spot with day-trippers from Paphos and Limassol. The village produces a lot of wine and holds a wine festival every August. You can visit a 17th Century stone built monastery via a cobblestone path and sample local wine for free at many outlets. You will also find a good mix of restaurants including traditional tavernas, a few modern bars housed in traditional buildings, and the usual crop of souvenir shops.
Various notable people have a connection with Omodos including religious and political figures, as well as artists, poets and musicians. These include several Bishops, all of whom were born in the village. This bust outside the entrance to the Holy Cross Monastery honours Dositheos, the Church Steward who was murdered along with other Greek Cypriot clergymen by the Turks in 1821. The inscription reads: "DOSITHEOS FROM OMODOS, CHURCH STEWARD OF THE HOLY CROSS'S MONASTERY, SLAUGHTERED ON THE 12th OF JULY 1821."
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