Treis Elies village – taking a step back in Cyprus history
The village of Treis Elies, which means “three olive trees”, is located in the Troodos mountain range, in the Marathasa valley of the Limassol district, at an altitude of 800 metres, with clean fresh mountain air, beautiful scenery, and idyllic nature.
This old traditional cypriot village has a long history, dating back to Medieval times. The tiny village has seen many changes during the periods of occupation, the Frankish period, the Turkish rulers and lastly, the British rule. There are still churches in Treis Elies which date back to these periods, and the village was actually a part of the royal estate during the frankish period.
The village is famous for a succession of archbishops being born there, the most famous being Archbishop Chrysanthos (1767-1810), who was Archbishop of Cyprus under the Turkish rule.
Treis Elies is a village where you may still see many old traditional houses, some of which are still abandoned, while others are restored to their old original styles, using the local Troodos Mountains grey stone.
Its sights include interesting churches such as the small 17th or 18th century wooden-roofed structure of Archangelos Michael, and the small 17th century wooden-roofed church of Agia Paraskevi. Other places to visit in the area include the Venetian bridges of Mylos and Agios Andronikos.There is also a sulphur spring nearby, which was very popular under the British rule and nature trails.
Treis Elies is a village that is a must to visit if you would like to take a step back in Cyprus history and experience a little of the local Cyprus traditional village life, customs and hospitality.