The Water Mill of Kykkos was declared an ancient monument and was restored by the Department of Antiquities.
The Water Mill of Kykkos was declared an ancient monument and was restored by the Department of Antiquities. It is one of the most important monuments of Kalopanayiotis and attracts many visitors. It is located about one kilometre south of the Monastery of Agios Ioannis Lampadistis in a green environment. Following the circular route that starts from Agios Ioannis Lampadistis Street or the Venetian Bridge, you will reach the water mill that is located about halfway.
There, you will rest and remember lifestyles of another era, when the millstones combined their song with the sound of water flowing in the river, sometimes wild and violent, sometimes quiet and sparkling. An imposing monument, it is an important example of pre-industrial technology in Cyprus. (see Activities, Hiking 2nd Route)
The Mill of Kykkos belonged to the Monastery of Kykkos. The entire complex of buildings comprising it, is preserved. Above the tall arch passes the groove that used to bring the water to the tall tower, the "Anaolos" from where it fell with force at the lowest point of the mill in an arch-covered space.
The house with the heavy millstones (of French construction), the axes and the benches, is located in front of the arch at a lower level. Above the key of the mill arch on the south side, there is a square white stone with a cross, an inscription and an embossed façade, probably a deterrent to evil. For years, Kostas Chatziharalambous, the miller, hid the plate with a weed to protect it from the children. Next to the millstones house, to the south, there is a two-storey house where those who came from far away, stopped there to rest and water their mules and donkeys waiting their turn to grind wheat or barley. This watermill served the Monastery of Kykkos, the inhabitants of Kalopanayiotis, Moutoullas, Oikos, Gerakia and other villages for years.