The Agios Epiphanios Church Ruins

Agios Epiphanios (Saint Epiphanios), is an uninhabited settlement. During the 1960s, according to the census tables, there were 117 Muslim settlements in Cyprus. One of which was at Agios Epiphanios Soleas. This however, does not mean that the village had always been Muslim. Sufficient historical evidence shows that the village was of Christian origin. The most obvious proof of this is the name of the village, which bears the name of a Saint. During the 17th and 18th centuries, the overbearing oppression of the Turkish occupation of the time, led poor peasants to assimilate Muslimism. This also led to some Greek Cypriots to convert to Turkish Cypriots. The Dragoman of Cyprus, Frangoullis, of Frankish Hellenistic descent, also played an important role in this.

The wealthy Mohammedans of Lefka also affected public opinion, consisting mostly of Sipahi (Spas) and landowners, who employed many Christians in the area. From time to time powerful muftis (Islamic scholars), worked systematically towards the Islamization of Christians. As a result, the village of Agios Epiphanios was changed altogether. By 1975, the remaining Christian inhabitants were converted to Muslimism. This resulted in their moving to the occupied areas.

It is very possible that the village was named after the Saint of the existing church located in the village. The ruins of which are still there today. It is important to note that the inhabitants of the nearby village Flassou, refer to this church as Palioklisia (The old church).

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