A village that is rich in cultural and geomorphological elements, yet with a strong sense of depopulation, Pano Arodes has around 100 inhabitants (2022). Predominantly a village of vine-growers since the old days, it now has an extremely limited number of people involved in viticulture.
However, the village abounds in unique geomorphological features that attract thousands of tourists with five impressive gorges. The Gorges of Avakas, Irene, Dipotamos, Kraminou and Petrina Kymata (Stone Waves) stand out with their extremely narrow valleys and steep vertical high sides.
The village does not lack in churches and ancient monuments. The church of Agios Kalandionas, built in the 18th century, is the only church in Cyprus dedicated to Agios Kalandionas, who is also the Patron Saint of the village and is one of the Alamanian Saints who came and practised asceticism in Arodes. To the North and South of the church are two larnacas (sarcofagi), known as the ‘larnaca of Agios Agapitikos’ (Beloved Saint), and the ‘larnaca of Agios Misitikos’ (Hated Saint), who have been associated with love and hate respectively.
The medieval chapels include the ancient church of Panagia Chrysospiliotissa and the modern chapel that remained from the old settlement of Themokrini. The settlement is often mentioned in medieval documents and Venetian maps. The ancient monastery of Agios Savvas with its frescoes, whose ruins are preserved, is also worth mentioning.
The river of Avakas with the homonymous Gorge fascinates its visitors. It is one of the deepest and narrowest gorges in Cyprus. The small caves and hollows in the limestone rocks on the slopes of the gorge are home to some rare species of wild flora and fauna.
The river of Avakas in Pano Arodes is one of the deepest and narrowest gorges in Cyprus.