S.O.S. for Architectural Treasures: Neglect = Decay = Destruction

One of the most overlooked categories of architecture in Cyprus is the old stone-built watermill. There are dozens of them scattered up and down river valleys throughout the island, with most dating to the 14-17th Centuries.

In a remote location deep inside the Paphos District, we have this fantastic three-arched example, referred to by Hogarth in his late 19th Century travel book “Devia Cypria” as the Rhoudias Mill. Take a look at these photos showing it’s sad decay over a few decades of neglect and lack of attention to keep it in decent shape. If we don’t hurry, in an historical blink of the eye, it will be gone. If we can’t take measures to save one little (beautiful) watermill, what hope do we have for larger issues of conservation?

A view of the mill with three arched aquaduct in mid-1990s.

2019: The mill is starting to collapse, loose sections and lean away from it’s original orientation. S.O.S.