Tala village

Tala aerial view
Aerial view of Tala

Locality Name:

Tala (Greek: Τάλα)

Mayor:

Angelos Varnavides

Population (2001):

2540
Postal code: 8577
COMMUNITY COUNCIL OF TALA
Evagora Pallikaridi 2
8577, Tala
Tel: 26652412
Fax: 26653981
Email: info@tala.org.cy
Email: kstala@cytanet.com.cy
Website: www.tala.org.cy
Eight km north of the city of Paphos you will find the village of Tala which connects with Emba village in the south and the monastery of ‘Agios Neofytos’ in the north-east and from there on with the city of Paphos. The village is built at an altitude of 280 meters and has a general tilt from the north-east to the south-west with the altitudes ranging from 150 to 600 meters. The average annual rainfall is around 520 millimeters which helps with the growing of grapes both table and wine making, cereals, forage plants, vegetables, locust beans, olives, almonds, walnut, banana, orange and lemon trees.

 

The village of Tala is in the area of the underground water stratum of Paphos. Several bore holes have been dug in the region which contributes to the irrigation of several tracts of the land. Tala has also benefited from the irrigation project of Pafos covering a range of 40 acres of land by the Asprokremmos dam.

 

The village is not mentioned in mediaeval sources, however its name is considered to originate from the era of Frank domination. – From the surname of a large and wealthy family – the name being that of the D’Avila family, mentioned as ‘Tavila’ by the Cypriot mediaeval chronographers. – It is believed that the surname Tavila gave the village its name of ‘Tala’. It is possible that it was a property of the family since some members of it possibly owned it e.g. the Francesco D’Avila that Masse Latri mentions as one of the richest nobleman in Cyprus, or Peter D’Avila who in 1473 became Lord Chamberlain of Cyprus and took land and properties in the district of Pafos or even Anthony D’Avila who served as Governor of Pafos.

 

An important mediaeval monument of the village is the church of Agia Ekaterini (St.Catherine) of the 15th/16th century. Also quite close to the village stands the monastery of Agios Neofytos which had a significant influence on various sectors in the whole life and activity’s of the village. South of the village there are indications of the existence of an archaeological area dating back to prehistoric times.

Tala during recent years has started developing tourism and housing.

 

 

Places to visit:


Ayia Ekaterini Church

The Church of Agia Ekateriny is of the single-aisle type with a dome. Its external measurements are 18,70 X 8,05 metres without the apse. Today's church is the result of an expansion and a retrofit of an older church that was arch-covered and had a lesser length, a part of which is embodied in the west arch of the church. To make the retrofit of the initial church, the apse and a part of the north and south walls were demolished and the single aisle with the dome was added. The original church seems to have been decorated with frescos. Out of these frescos one can distinguish, under the whitewash of the western wall, pieces of a large representation of the Second Coming. 

 

Ayios Neophytos Monastery

At a distance of about one thousand meters from the community of Tala lies the monastery of Agios Neofytos. Founded at the end of the 12th century by the Cypriot hermit and writer Neofytos. The ‘Egkleistra,’ an enclosure carved out of the mountain, contains some of the finest Byzantine frescoes dating from the 12th to 15th century. In the monastery’s church there is an interesting ecclesiastical museum.

 

Agioi Saranta Church

The country church of Agioi Saranta was in ruins until 1994. It was re-erected with expenses paid by the Holly See of Pafos and through donations of the region's inhabitants. Christenings take place in the country church and on the Saints' day of Agioi Saranta a liturgy is conducted.

 

Ayios Georgios Church

The country church of Agios Georgios (St. George) is found in the Stefane region, which according to various available sources is the old village Stefanos that existed in the area. The existence of this village is apparent in the 1573 mapping of Cyprus. At the ruins of the country church it is shown that another church, dedicated to Agios Stefanos (St. Stephen), existed formerly. The country church was re-erected in 1990 by the Holly Monastery of Agios Neofytos (to which the church belongs) and with donations of the inhabitants of the community, both local and foreign.

 

Tsada Golf Course

Located in Tsada village, 5 minutes from Tala, Tsada Golf Club is 18 holes of superb championship golf set in the grounds of a 12th century monastery.Designed by Donald Steel, this was the first grass course to be built in Cyprus in 1994 and it sits 550 metres above sea level, ensuring cool breezes during the summer months. 18 holes, Par 72, 6060 metres. Practice facilities including driving range, 2 putting greens, a pitching/chipping area, practice bunkers. Golf clinics available; pro-shop. Elegant clubhouse with restaurant, bar, ladies and gents changing rooms with showers. Tennis court and outdoor swimming pool available for after the game or non-golfers. Buggy rental, electric trolley rental, manual trolley rental, locker rental, club rental per day.

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