All you needed to know about Lefkara
Lefkara is a beautiful tiny village. It is surrounded by the whitish limestone, the name of which the village bears (lefka ori means White Mountains). It was a favorite tourist destination of many Venetian ladies. They came here to cherishthe picturesque scenery of the village and Troodos Mountains. They bought the high-end handmade lace from Lefkara. It is said that Leonardo da Vinci had visited the village in 1481. He bought an embroidered cloth from Lefkara for the Cathedral’s altar in Milan.
This village is famous for its lace-manufacturing activity. Groups of women sit at their doorsteps and make the elegant lacework. It has been known worldwide as the Lefkaritika. Lefkara has now become reputed for silver items too. So the streets of this village are packed with silver-smiths making silver ornaments. Lefkara is well known for its Museum of Traditional Embroidery and Silversmithing. It contains a lot of information and sample works regarding silversmith trades and lace.
Next to the beautiful alleys of this tiny village, the 14th century Church of the Holy Cross is situated. It is right in the middle of Lefkara. The tourists can feel the essence of history too, in this village. It is said that, there lies a piece of the sacred wood, in the shrine of this church. It is secretly hidden in the big silver cross. Next to the church of the Holy Cross, Lefkara also has many small chapels, from the one dating back to 900 AD to the newer ones. They include the church of Ayia Paraskevi. The highlights of Lefkara are – hand made lace, Church of the Holy Cross, the Kourvellos Stone, shops selling traditional silverware and lace, and the Museum of Traditional Embroidery and Silversmithing.
The true diversity of Lefkara can be seen in the town centre. There is a mosque situated for the Muslim citizens. They pray during their religious ceremonies. The spiritually-driven tourists can spend most of the time visiting the chapels and churches. The history can also be experienced like a Cypriot. This tour takes the tourists during the difficult times of the past. The Folk Art Museum represents a part of Cyprus during the 19th century. It shows all the traditional items including the hull and the interior solar oven. Architecture lovers will surely adore every corner of Lefkara. All the houses are built entirely of white stones, be it the merchant’s house or the artisan’s.
The famous ‘Pigi’ (faucet) is situated in the lowest point of Lefkara. It offers an interesting view of all the village houses. The 40 meter high stone called Kourvellos, and the School of Timiou Stavrou, are also located in this village. The school was built in 1920 from the donation given by the church, the name of which it bears. For the sport aficionados, Lefkara offersa 2.5km walking trail and a cycling route.
The tourists can spend their day by fishing for Trout, as two dams are situated in the close vicinity of the village. Hundreds of people come together to celebrate the Green Monday in Lefkara. It is the first Monday of the Lent. The village of Lefkara organises many events throughout the year. These events start with the annual Festival of Lefkara in August. During this festival, the most popular Cypriot artists perform folklore dances, plays and songs.