The Germasogeia area has always had an abundant water supply and the numerous boreholes in the area supply much of Limassols water. In the past, there was a sizeable river the Amathus, and in 1968, this river was dammed to form the third largest reservoir in Cyprus and was completely filled within seven years. The dam stands 50 metres in height and is 110 hectares in length and has a capacity of 13.5 million tones with an impressive overspill channel west of the dam. The area around the dam has been carefully preserved and supports a diverse wild flower and bird population.
After the construction of the dam was completed, the land consolidation programme revolutionised the landscape, particularly the old riverbed that became a series of market gardens and citrus orchards due to the rich fertility of the land. The most important citrus fruit grown in the area is lemon and it has been since the 1970s.
The reservoir has brought much interest to the area and for the past few years has been used by sportsmen and women for training for a variety of sports including canoeing and kayaking.
The Mayor - Mr Gavrielides, is keen to develop the historical centre of the village as a meeting point for everyone. Many of the old buildings are currently being renovated and new businesses are being encouraged to open there. The Cultural Centre is in an attractive hundred-year-old building that has a conference centre for up to 50 people and an attractive outdoor theatre seating 300 persons.
Germasogeia is certainly a dynamic municipality and every May, Anthisteria - the traditional beautiful flower festival, is held there. Last year the highest number of couples ever was married in civil ceremonies in the cultural centre that stands in the heart of the village.
Yermasoyia (Germasogeia) is situated just east of Limassol and stretches from the banks of its sizeable reservoir (the third largest in Cyprus) through a fertile valley filled with lemon and olive groves, down to the tourist strip on the coast. It is also popular as an accommodation location for Cyprus Holidays.
In the centre of the village, many of the old buildings have been restored to preserve their original character, whilst on its outskirts there are new townhouses and luxury villas sprinkled on the hillsides. Nearly a quarter of the 12,000 residents are foreign, many of them being British, German and Russian. The Mayor of Germasogeia - Andreas Gabrielides, works hard to develop the friendly character of the area so that everyone feels at home.
In the Germasogeia tourist area, which has a coastal length of 3.5 km, there are beautiful hotels and holiday apartments that make it a popular holiday destination. In fact, there are 4 large hotels and about 20 smaller ones with a total capacity of 5,500 beds.
The village of Germasogeia has a long and colourful history as it is thought to have been founded in ancient times because of the presence of many ancient tombs. Particularly noteworthy are the two inscribed columns, which can be seen in the churchyards of the two churches. In the 13th century, it became one of the 24 villages that were part of the Crusader knights; Grand Commanderie.
Evidence of a castle dating from this period can still be seen. The pretty little chapel of Ayia Christina in the heart of the historical centre dates from the 12th century. For centuries, the village remained quite small with less than 200 residents who earned their living growing fruit, carobs, wheat and almonds. Later, during the 1950s and 1960s many of the residents grew melons for export to the UK and started to cultivate citrus trees.
Down by the old main road that linked Nicosia and Limassol before the highway was built, there was a smaller settlement called Potamos Yermasoyia and this was where the camel khan was situated â€“ this was a resting place for man and beast that were making the arduous journey between these two towns. Later, the khan became a popular restaurant for many years.