Kato Pyrgos is the main village of Tylliria. It is built on the northern foothills of the Troodos mountain region, at the largest and most beautiful valley of the area and along an incomparable crystal beach. The name of the village derived from “Troulli”, a small building resembling a tower (Pyrgos) located on an imposing beach hill of the area. In reality, “Troulli” was used as an observation post during the Venetian period, whereas renovation works have recently begun by the Department of Antiquities of Nicosia.
The Community is part of the Nicosia District and is approximately 70 Km away from the city centre, this corresponding to almost 1 hour of driving. The distance from Pafos is also 80 km, whereas Polis Chrysochous is approximately 50 minutes away from the village.
The Community has approximately 1500 residents, whereas during the summer months several holidaymakers also stay in the village. More particularly, many tourists from both Cyprus and abroad come to Pyrgos to enjoy our crystal seawaters, the mountain and sea air, the fresh fish and the traditional hospitality of the residents. There are several modern and fully equipped hotel units such as “Pyrgos”, “Pyrgiana”, “Tylos” and “Ifigeneia” which are located along the coast and can accommodate several visitors. Moreover, during the summer months July and August, music and dancing events are held by the Community Council of Kato Pyrgos at the Square and at the Fishing Reserve.
The heart of our Community is the square of the village where an age-long oak tree stands imposingly. It is the dominating adornment and pride of our area. Planted in 1898, the tree is 110 years old, whereas its height reaches 20 meters having a periphery of 425 cm. It also has a beautiful community park, Hospital, nightclubs and all government agencies.
The village is well-known for its fine climate because of which several fruit-baring trees flourish in the area. In particular, the community is famous for its peaches, lemons, oranges, mandarins and many more fruits and vegetables. It is also well-known for its figs, both the dry-salted and the fresh ones. At the same time, Pyrgos is renowned for the traditional production of charcoals, which are undoubtedly known throughout Cyprus.
What is more, there are two churches in the village. The old church is dedicated to Agia Eirini and our new church to Saints Constantinos and Eleni. The chapels of the area are dedicated to Agios Stylianos, to Panagia Galoktisti and to Prophet Elias. All of them are surrounded by a beautiful natural environment.
Archaeological excavations which were conducted at Pyrgos Tyllirias brought to light a series of findings dated back to the medieval period.These included parts of a medieval building, tombs, as well as mobile findings such as a bronze cross and a pin. Additionally, ceramic and metal objects such as clay pots, a graven ring and coins were found at the site. Other excavations at the location “Koilada-Palialona” revealed tombs which are dated back to the Hellenistic period and were used until the Roman times or even later. Particularly important for the completion of the archaeological excavations has been the financial aid provided by the Holy Bishopric of Kykkos.
At the community of Pyrgos Tyllirias there is a Nursery School, a Primary School and a Gymnasium-Lyceum. The Primary School is today attended by approximately 36 students, the Nursery 36 and the Gymnasium-Lyceum 56.
Both the Nursery and Primary School,as well as the Gymnasium-Lyceum have been constructed according to the regulations of the Ministry of Education and Culture and are fully equipped.
We address a warm invitation towards everybody who wishes to visit Kato Pyrgos Tyllirias and enjoy the unique and rare beauty of the combination of the sea and the mountain, as well as the incomparable and warm hospitality of the residents.
Community Council Archive
“Archaeological Excavation at Pyrgos Tyllirias”, Enateniseis-Periodical Publication by the Holy Bishopric of Kykkos-Tyllirias
Stylianos Perdikis, “Second Excavation Period at the Location ‘Avli’ at Pano Pyrgos Tyllirias”, Enateniseis-Periodical Publication by the Holy Bishopric of Kykkos-Tyllirias, vol.7.