Zoopiyi is located within the geographical region "Pitsilia" of the Limassol district, 24 kilometres north of the city of Limassol. It is built at an average altitude of 885 meters. The rough, mountainous landscape of the region, fragmented by the tributaries of the Germasogeia and Limnatis (Xylourikos) rivers, the narrow and deep valleys, and the steep slope of the surrounding mountains provide a unique spectacle.

View of the community


The village receives an annual rainfall of about 670 millimetres; vines of wine-making varieties (Xynisteri -type of white grape -local dark and "ofthamlon" -type of dark coloured grapes), olive and almond trees, vegetables, and fruit-trees are cultivated in the region. Since ancient times, the sweet Cypriot wine (Nama) is being produced out of the "Xynisteri" and the local dark varieties, which later on -during the era of the Crusades -was named Commandaria. Zoopigi is included in the plan for the uniform agrarian development of Pitsilia and has benefited by the construction of land reclamation projects and the improvement of rural streets.


The community is found built upon the main Limassol - Agros street and connects to the village Kato Mylos in the north, the village Agios Theodoros in the north-east, the villages Kalo Chorio and Louvara in the south, and the village Agios Mamas in the east.

The village, like all the villages of Pitsilia, has gone through great fluctuations of its population. The inhabitants of Zoopiyi numbered 172 in 1881, increasing to 215 in 1891. In 1901 they decreased to 212, increasing again to 254 in 1911. In 1946 the inhabitants increased to 307, decreasing to 265 in 1960. In 1976 the decreased to 261 and to 214 in 1982. In the 2001 census the inhabitants numbered 198.

Old Primary School

The settlement, because of the region's fragmentation, is not compact. Most of the houses are made of regional stone and maintain -to a great extend -their traditional folkloric architecture with their tiled roofs, the picturesque upper floors, the small yards, the tall fences, and the pergolas.
According to Nearchos Clerides, Zoopiyi is one of the more recent Cypriot villages and was created during the era of the Venetian occupation of Cyprus. It existed during the second half of the 16th century and can be found marked in the 1573 map of Ortelius under the name of Zopy. The settlement of Oroggos, which was close to Zoopiyi and no longer exists, is also marked in the same map. Oroggos was an earlier settlement and it is believed that the inhabitants of this village gradually transferred, building houses some kilometres north-westerly and creating a new village, that being Zoopigi. Oroggos existed until the middle of the 19th century when it was abandoned completely after the last inhabitants moved to Zoopiyi and Kalo Chorio.
The reason for the transfer of the inhabitants of Oroggos and the creation of Zoopiyi is unknown. The existence of water and of more fertile land in the new village's area seems to be the most probable one.

The existence of a stream or a wellspring with water for the livestock in Zoopiyi does not seem to be the reason for its name. More correctly, it appears that the village was originally named "Zoodochos Pigi" (life-giving source/spring); later on the two words were joined for the sake of brevity and the name Zoopiyi became predominant. This explanation is reinforced by the fact that the village's church is dedicated to "Zoodochos Pigi" (the Life-giving Source).

Church of Zoodohos Piyi


According to information by Loizos Filippou (The Greek letters in Cyprus, Nicosia, 1930, pg. 265), a "mutual teaching method" school operated in Zoopiyi -between 1860 and 1865 -with Stylianos Sergis as the first teacher. Pupils from neighbouring villages also attended the "mutual teaching method" school of Zoopiyi. Gunnis provides the information that the school of Zoopiyi was housed in an old church during the 30's, one that was dedicated to St. Marina.

Church of Saint Marina


The hero of the liberation struggle of EOKA, Gregoris Afxentiou, was in Zoopiyi on the 30th of December 1956 along with his men, having been trapped here after a treachery. Firing his weapon, he managed to escape -though with an injury in his leg -while one of his men, Michael Giorgallas, was killed in Zoopiyi.

Group of E.O.K.A. partisans