Sts. Konstantinos & Eleni Church
A truly spectacular phenomenon is the building of the church of Saints Constantine and Helen on a bridge in the village of Tochni. A Phenomenon that might not be seen anywhere else in the world. The Tradition has it that the construction of the bridge and the construction of the temple itself, from the mother of the Byzantine Emperor Constantine, St. Helen. A tradition which is verging on the truth, since there are many signs that lead to the conclusion that the Queen Mother Helen stepped and sanctified by her presence, the blessed soil of Cyprus.
As seen from the writings of Machairas, St. Helen after building a temple in todays Stavrovouni, then built a temple and bridge in Tochni. It must be said that during the presence of the Queen Mother in Cyprus, in high probability, to be inhabited by some people on the island, regardless of the existence of long-term drought. The complete abandonment of the site should probably exclude. The building of the bridge and the construction of a church in the village certainly required the help of some people. In addition, there isn’t any note mentioning that among the royal entourage were specialist builders that were building temples, but such were used by countries where sacred buildings have been built in hint and help of the mother of the Emperor Constantine. But the move of Saint Helen and her escort from the region of the Vasilopotamos to the peak of Stavrovouni and perhaps and to other Cypriot areas must be done with the help of some animals-horses or mules-whose presence depended on human life in the island.
At Tochni cycling route, touring cyclists and mountain bikers will all find just the right exciting challenges in a Mediterranean climate with a delightful combination of sea, beaches and mountains. The village has perfect weather for cycling, especially in the months between October and April, when temperatures range between 15°C and 25°C, while annual rainfall is also quite low in comparison to European countries. What's more, unlike other European or Mediterranean countries, the strong headwinds that are a bane to cyclists, here are rare.
The Tochni ‘Exploring Nature’ trail is located on the southeast of the village of Tochni. A part of it follows the ancient trail initially constructed by its inhabitants together with the people of the neighbouring villages of Maroni and Zigi. It starts at the outskirts of the village and follows a circular route with an approximate length of 2.8km and It takes 35-40 minutes to walk. Along the trail one can enjoy a changing landscape with rich wild flora and the panoramic view of the area.
Points of interest:
♦ The rich flora and fauna of the area
♦ The Panoramic view
♦ The changes in landscape
♦ The church of Ayios Constantinos and the ecclesiastical museum
Rock climbing in Cyprus is more varied than many of the other areas around the Mediterranean. Unusually, there is a greater quantity of recorded traditional routes than sports, and the rock type is more complex than simply limestone.
The Cyprus climate is amongst the best in Europe and offers an all year round experience, with the optimum times to visit being spring and autumn. Combine this with its varied and numerous resort possibilities then it makes a good choice as a climbing holiday location.
Sts. Konstantinos & Eleni Feas
In celebration of the Saints Constantine and Helen on May 21, both at the evening ceremony which takes place the day before, and during the ceremony, the day of the celebration, hundreds of Christians from various parts of Cyprus, arrive in Tochni to venerate the icon of Saints Constantine and Helen, to light the candle of thanksgiving and supplication and pray with devotion, through the sacred historical site. During the holidays, in the courtyard of the church and the surrounding areas, a sizable fair takes place.
Turkish-Cypriots of Tochni, as Muslims, were celebrating separately, according to their own religion, their religious duties. They have a mosque (without minaret) which is in a very good condition and is located on the north side of town, where it was built and most of the Turkish-Cypriot homes. They used to pray at the mosque every Friday afternoon in the presence of their community Hoxha, who read excerpts from the "Koran".
In the space of a smooth hill located in the northeast of the village, in a location known as "Sellin tis Agias Elenis", operating since 1987, is a stone processing factory, which makes materials for various construction jobs, such as building exterior walls and surfaces, paving, flooring, courtyards and stone sculptures.
The school consists of three clusters.Each classroom is divited into two small classrooms. During the 2007-8 school year the students participates in two European Projects: The Lifelong Learning program and the European Health Promoting Network. The school is small and has three teachers and was built in 1930 initially as an all-boys school.