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Anafotia (Greek : Αναφωτία ) is a community of the District of Larnaca

Anaphotia is located west of Larnaca. In 1994 the official name of the village became Anafotida (Greek: Aναφωτιδα), following a decision by the then government of Cyprus to make the names of villages on the island more Greek. However, locally the village is still referred to as Anaphotia.

The village is mainly agricultural, with tomatoes being a dominant crop. The village centre is small, but there are a number of cafes, a branch of the Co-operative Bank and four churches. The original church is dedicated to St Photeine. A new church was begun in the 1930s dedicated to St Dimitrianos. Interestingly, in his 1936 book Historic Cyprus the British colonial officer Rupert Gunnis thought the new church was so badly constructed it 'may well fall down', a prediction that came true twenty years later.[2]

In the 2008 presidential election the village voted overwhelmingly for the right-wing DISY candidate Ioannis Kasoulidis (68%), against the Communist Party AKEL candidate Dimitris Christofias (32%).[3]
Notable people

Ioannis Eoannou, EOKA fighter

Stass Paraskos, , artist and founder of the Cyprus College of Art

Michalakis Parides, EOKA fighter (killed in action 1958)

References

^ Census 2001
^ Rupert Gunnis, Historic Cyprus (London: Methuen 1936) 163
^ Government of Cyprus Statistical Service

Anafotia, Photo : Augusta Stylianou Artist

Year Population
1946 717
1960 653
1982 498
1992 587
2001 679

Anafotia, Photo : Augusta Stylianou Artist

Anafotia, Anafotia,

Districts of Cyprus

Famagusta · Kyrenia · Larnaca · Limassol · Nicosia · Paphos

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