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Pano And Kato Arodhes - Paphos
Just a short distance from Pano Arodhes is the chapel of Panayia Chrysopiliotissa that is well worth exploring. A small modern chapel was built there about 60 years ago, and in the rock underneath it is a Hellenistic tomb with stone steps leading to a small chamber underneath there, where fragments of 14th century frescoes can still be seen. A local ballad tells how a beautiful young girl called Christina was hidden there by her father because a horrible rich landowner wanted to marry her. The landowner was so furious at what the father had done that he tortured him and Christina, on hearing her father’s cries revealed herself. Her father died, and the landowner turned his wrath on the girl, who to escape it all drank from a poisoned goblet.

Today many people visit the chamber to pray for the girl and to cure their eye problems. It is said that a lighted candle must be held close to the roof of the chamber so that soot appears on the ceiling, and this should be smoothed on the eyes.

The village of Arodhes, a great place to explore whilst on your Cyprus Holidays. Sunvil holidays have properties in and around this area,.

The twin villages of Pano and Kato Arodhes lie in the middle of the Laona Plateau on the Paphos district, amidst the vineyards. As members of the Grand Commandery at Kolossi, The villages were originally named after the headquarters of the Knights Hospitaller – Rhodes. The village of Kato Arodhes was until 1974 Turkish-Cypriot, whilst Pano Arodhes has always been Greek Cypriot and stands on the route of the Greco-Roman road.

The well of Saint Kelandion just east of Pano Arodhes has long been credited with curing skin diseases.

The parish church in Pano Arodhes is also dedicated to Ayios Kelandion, and sadly was badly damaged in the earthquake six years ago when its bell tower crumbled. To the north and south of the church stand two sarcophagi, one dedicated to Ayios Agapitikos {love}, the other to Ayios Misitikos {dislike}- In his book Historic Cyprus {1936},  Rupert Gunnis describes the popular legend that surrounds them-  It is believed that to win the love of someone special a small scraping of the stone of Ayios Agapitikos {taken at night when it is dark}should be crumbled and added to their drink and the result will be their undying love. Conversely, if you want to argue with someone, a scraping should be taken from the sarcophagus of Ayios Misitikos and added to their drink.

One question that naturally arises when the two sarcohagii are inspected, is why is the one to Ayios Misitikos much more eroded.