|Neo Chorio is a traditional
village in Paphos. It is situated on the western
part of the island and it is related with Akamas
since the older times. The central road that cuts
across the village, leads to Akamas through the
houses, the fields and the kraals of the inhabitants.
Single floor and two
floor houses dominate the architecture of the
village. They are built with limestones, extracted
from the area, and loose stones, and they are
binded with clay. The stones are quite big, rounded
and the loose stones are big pieces on the same
The single floor houses have
a characteristic projection (created by a stone)
in order to remove the rainwater.
The two floor houses have external
stone stairs that lead to a wooden balcony.
The yards of the houses are
usually paved with slabs. They have a traditional
mud oven and a shelter (“statzia”) for the outdoor
works of the people. Tall, stone made walls with
wooden traditional door surround the yards, either
with a transom or a stone made door with arches
and carven stones.
The rooms of the house are small
and long. In the rich houses, the central space,
called “the palace”, has a stone made carved arch
or a central wooden pile, which supports the big
wooden beam on which stand some big woods, called
“volitzia”. Sometimes there is a half beam, called
“mesodotzi” with “males” (woods forming an angle
of 45? for better support of the beam). Reeds
are put on the “volitzia” and they are tied with
rope or branches. Firstly, they put the “mersinia”
(a kind of plant) and the savory, which are thermal
insulants and also waterproof, with earth at the
top. The earth is cylindered and it becomes a
uniform mass. On many walls, they put rounded
stones with two holes, where they fit wood in
order to cylinder the earth.
The floors are made with stone
slabs, like those used in the yard, or plaster
marbles in different dimensions, rectangular or
Usually, the inner walls of
the house were covered with plaster because it
was easier to clean and furthermore the house
seemed more luminous. The windows and doors are
small and wooden, to protect the inside from the
hot or cold weather.
All the houses have a fireplace
for the heating of the people during the winter,
but it was used also for cooking.
Lately, some of the houses in
the village were restored. The state gives a special
benefit for the restoration of the traditional
houses. The financing reaches the 50% of the total
cost of the repairs. Scheduled buildings are considered
those that have not been modified through time
and preserve some basic characteristics, such
as the stone made walls, the wooden stairs, the
traditional mud ovens etc. For the financing of the
repairs, there are some arrangements, to be done
in corporation with the town planning section
which is responsible to decide whether it should
support the restoration or not.