Comments for the Museum:
Mrs Aggeliki Orphanidou
First Assistant Tourist Official
MUSEUM OF RURAL LIFE – STENI - PAFOS
Within our office’s actions for a better informing as far as sights and activities in the surrounding region are concerned, and after communicating with Mrs Aggeliki Orphanidou, on August 13th 2008 I visited the Museum of Rural life in the village of Steni, which is only 5 km away from Polis Chrysochous. The village has a traditional character and is very beautiful. It is located by the road which leads to Stavros tis Psokas and a visit there can be combined with excursions in the area. The Museum is situated inside the new community buildings complex, which are built in a traditional style.
It consists of a lobby, where somebody can find copies of the Museum guide with explanations and information regarding all exhibits both in the Greek and English language, and a room where all exhibits are placed in such a way that their use will be comprehensible for visitors.
There are several corners, such as the rural occupation corner with all the tools. The tools are placed on ledges which were smartly designed by the president of the community himself so that the visitor, while standing in front of them, can see the objects placed behind them, on the wall. The museum can be accessed by handicapped persons through a ramp who also have access to lavatories for the handicapped.
In my opinion, this museum is highly representative of rural life in Cyprus for the time period 1800 until 1945 and it would be good if it was included in the organization’s brochures and excursion programmes. It constitutes an adornment for the area and I believe that in combination with the other villages of the area which have been beautified, it can be an attraction magnet for both Cypriots and foreigners.
I enclose a copy of a congratulating letter of Mrs Katsouri towards the president of the community of Steni, Mr Elias Lambides, for the improved image of the community, as well as an explanatory publication which the visitor can use during a visit to the museum. I also enclose comments from the museum’s visitor book.
Assistant Tourist Official
12 June 2008
President of the Steni Community Council
Deat Mr Lambides,
I have been through your village recently, last month in particular, and I was impressed by its upgraded appearance as well as by its blooming flower-beds.
I have requested a team of Organization officials to visit your community, which in turn has particularly appreciated and respected the presence of blooming flowers and bushes along both the main and the secondary road network.
Please note that the CTO officials were accompanied by a professional photographer. The pictorial material, which we have collected, will be used in various publications of the Organization and in other means for the projection of Pafos and Cyprus.