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Historical Account

The village of Omodhos was probably founded towards the end of Byzantine era, or the beggining of the Frankish Rule in Cyprus. Omodhos was built after the dissolvement of the settlements "Bano" and "Kato Koupetra"(meens in greek the eagle's stone-t'aetu petra) on the left site of the rivet "Ha-Bodami".

According to tradition Isaakios Komninos, the Bishop of Cyprus (1185-1191), having been defeated by the English King Richard the Lionheart saught refuse at Koypetra, the aria there called today  'Bolemi'=battle and the place they set on their tents called also 'Tenta'. This implies that 'Koupetra' existed in 1191 and was disolved soon after that.
It is said that an old woman, while begging from house to house and from one village (Bano) to the other (Kado Koubedra) managed, through gossip, to make the villagers hate each other. The situation became unbearable and the area governor was called upon to try and reconcile them, promising to cancel a year's tzxes in return for peace. His attempt, however, was in rain. They continued their emnity and killed each other until the two communities were destroyed.

A new settlement was then formed around the monastery of the Holly Cross, and took the name of Omodhos. There are several rumours as the origin of the name of Omodhos, three of which are the most prevelant: It is said that the inhabitans of the two communitiew of "Koubedra" used to see a light on the muntain opposite the village. They went over and found a lit votire lamp in a big bush (Vathgian), and dicided to build the village there and mane it Omodhos.  Another rumour was i that there several roads leading to the neighbouring villages of Gilani, Vasa, Mandria and others. The word Omodhos is made up of the adverb "omou" which means "here" and the word "othos" meaning the street.
The third rumour says that the name Omodhos comes from the Frankish name Homodeus. In a Frankish document it is mentioned that the village was named after the fendal lord Homodeus who lived in the area.

The village was owned in 1400 by sir John De Brie, prince of Galilea. Was reported as prosperous in 1570, but decling thereafter. Was a tobacco area in the early 19th century.
Omodhos was on the Wine Road which was completed from Limassol in November 1886 and the system was completed from Limassol to Platres.

Platres road upon completion of the Omodhos-Mandria sector in 1901. An inaugration ceremony was held in connection with Omodhos Fair on September 27 of that year.

Χρον. Έκδοσης: 1989

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