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Tripimenes Petres – Pierced Stones

These huge raised boulders, known to locals as pierced stones (tripimenes petres), rooted stones or “styllarka” (high stone columns), are located in various villages of Cyprus and are still part of a huge mystery. These awe-inspiring stone boulders whisper tales of old times and command respect with their unyielding presence. Who created them, when and for what reason?

Legend has it that these stones, built by Aphrodite’s cousins, have healing properties. Much more, as they are associated with the goddess of fertility, boulders can cure infertility. Thus, many women who could not have children went through the stones holes in order to be healed. It is said that the ritual of healing occurs to this day, with a more mystical manner.

Other explanations relate the mysterious stones to the Lycaonians (Lycaonia was a large region in the interior of Asia Minor, north of the Taurus Mountains). It is said that when there was a full moon you could go in and out of the holes and the Lycaonians would appear ready to fulfill any of your wishes, without “a drop of blood”.

Still others claim that the large stones were directly related to astrological indications or they were used to signal places where treasures were hidden. Impressive boulders exist in various areas of Cyprus, from the occupied village of Flamoudi to Kouklia and Arodes or Fasoula, Kivides and Pachna in Lemesos district. At the foot of the Troodos Mountain range, in the vineyard village of Kedares, is where the most beautiful of these stones are located, known as “the pierced stone of Kedares”. With a height of 205 cm, a width of 107 cm and depth of 40 cm, it is solidly planted in the ground.

No one knows anything about its creator or its age. In 1888 the English archaeologist Hogarth observed that many inhabitants hung clothes on the stone. Like the other perforated stones, the one in Kedares is also considered to have healing abilities. All the inhabitants had to do was to go through the hole to be healed. If the patient could not reach the spot, then his relatives put his clothes there.

The final answer was given by archaeologists in 1970, when they simply stated that the stones were olive oil presses dating back to the Bronze Age

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