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Fikardou Rural Museum

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Fikardou Rural Museum is located in Fikardou a village in the region of Pitsilia only 35 Km from Nicosia city. The whole village is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site as its buildings date back to the 18th century. Fikardou village was build in the medieval period on a hillside of 900 meters altitude.

The whole village looks like a museum as all the buildings where preserved in their original architectural style or their latest reconstruction in 1920. The houses are build of local stone, adobe and red roof tiles and have traditional wooden doors. There are almost 40 houses in Fikardou village but the majority of them where abandoned. Two of the houses dating back to the 16th century are the oldest buildings of the area and house of the Fikardou Rural Museum. The local community has been maintaining these houses, which are all furnished with traditional furniture, traditional objects of the everyday life and traditionally embroidered table clothes and curtains. Of special interest are the workshops found among the houses. Large jars are scattered in the corners of the narrow, picturesque cobblestone streets all over the village. The church of the village is named after St. Peter and Paul and dates from the 18th century.

Currently there are only 13 permanent residents at the village but its streets are full of life during the weekends when several visitors visit the Fikardou Rural Museum. The village features unique flora and is ideal for hiking and photography.

The museum is open between 09:00 am to 17:00 pm from April to October and between 09:00 am to 16:00 pm  from November to March.