Askas

Community in Nicosia District, Republic of Cyprus
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instance of
Communities of Cyprus Republic
part of
Nicosia District
official name
Ασκάς (greek)
native label
Ασκάς (greek)
country
Republic of Cyprus
located in the administrative territorial entity
Nicosia District
coordinate location
latitude34.93
longitude33.078
precision0
office held by head of government
President of Communal Council
member of
Union of Cyprus Communities
population
190019502000200400
170
point in time
2011
determination method
female population
86
male population
84
preferred
187
point in time
2001
determination method
female population
97
male population
90
238
point in time
1992
determination method
female population
117
male population
121
321
point in time
1982
determination method
female population
156
male population
165
402
point in time
1976
determination method
female population
200
male population
202
362
point in time
1973
determination method
female population
171
male population
191
363
point in time
1960
determination method
female population
186
male population
177
439
point in time
1946
determination method
290
point in time
1931
determination method
female population
163
male population
127
334
point in time
1921
determination method
female population
189
male population
145
333
point in time
1911
determination method
female population
180
male population
153
248
point in time
1901
determination method
female population
131
male population
117
223
point in time
1891
determination method
female population
114
male population
109
142
point in time
1881
determination method
female population
83
male population
59
elevation above sea level
940 metre
area
8.196 square kilometre
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Η τοποθεσία του Ασκά στην Επαρχία Λευκωσίας. (greek)
Askas in Nicosia District. (english)
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Askas
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Wikipedia creation date
10/25/2005
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Wikipedia opening text
Askas (Ασκάς) is a small village in Pitsilia region in the Nicosia District on the island of Cyprus. It is positioned 1000 metres above sea level on the north side of the Troodos mountain range, at the foot of Mount Papoutsa. Ioannis Constantinou is the president of the Community Council of Askas. Askas, like all the villages of the area, has gone through fluctuations of its population. In 1881 its inhabitants numbered 142, increasing to 333 in 1911, and to 439 in 1946. In 1960 the population decreased to 363, and to 321 in 1982. In the 2001 census the village numbered 187 inhabitants. The village lies close to the Nicosia - Limassol administrative borders, having a distance of about 50 kilometres from Nicosia and just two kilometres west of Palaichori Morphou, receiving an Average annual rainfall is of about 800 millimetres. In this region mainly are cultivated vines of the wine-making variety, vegetables, hazel, walnut, and olive trees, fruit-trees, almond trees, and forage plants. The village is connected via road to Palaichori in the east and from there on to Nicosia, to Agros in the south-west, and to Alona, Cyprus, Polystypos, and Kyperounta in the west. The houses, apart from the recent ones, are traditionally built entirely with local materials: the stone, the clay, and the pinewood from the surrounding mountains. The roofs have tiles, all "kneaded" and "baked" locally. The village's history is lost in the depths of time. No one knows exactly when the village was built and when it was first inhabited. One specific testimony is a date found on the front of an internal door, in the basement of Theofanis's house where the earthenware jars were kept. It was covered with a thin layer of clay. However, one day someone leaned on it with his hand and the clay fell off, revealing the date 1381. This indicates that the village was in existence during the Frank Domination era, without that meaning it did not exist before that. There are two churches in the village. One is church Timios Prodromos, dedicated to the Holy Baptist (John) and the other is the Church of Timios Stavros, dedicated to the Holy Cross. There is also the country church of "Agia Christina" that today is called the country church of "Agia Paraskevi". The village -under its present name -was not included in the list of Lusignan - Venetian feuds and royal estates of Mas Latri. However, it is most probable that the "Asta" settlement that is found marked in the Venetian maps is Askas. According to one version, the village's name is due to its first settler who was a skin-bag maker. Another version reports that it took its name from a medieval family of nobles that was surnamed Askas.
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Statistical Service of Cyprus Geocode
1301
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