Makedonitissa Palace was for many years a complex for celebrating ceremonies in the Makedonitissa area (Engomi).
This is one of the largest Cypriot facilities of its kind, where weddings, christenings, religious holidays, parties of large organizations, football club holidays, conferences, as well as events organized by the Municipality of Engomi are celebrated.
It can accommodate several thousand people at the same time, in other words, one big Cypriot wedding.
History of Makedonitissa Palace
In 1947, the Archbishop leased this piece of land to a private person. According to the agreement, the rental price for the first 10 years was £25 per year. Then, from the 11th to the 30th years, the rent increased to £125 a year. It was a huge piece of land on a hill, generally suitable for agricultural purposes. At the time, it was cultivated by 47 farmers. The archbishop set a condition for the tenant: he was to plant the hill with olive trees and vineyards.
The tenant immediately began construction of the grandiose complex. There was nothing like this in Cyprus those years. It was called the palace and it fell in love with all the guests at first sight.
Next to it is the Cathedral of the Most Holy Theotokos of Makedonitissa. Many couples who got married in the cathedral later baptized their children there, at the Makedonitissa Palace.
The most enchanting place of the complex is the swan pond. Schoolchildren even came there on excursions and families from other island's cities came here. It was a rare sight in those days in Cyprus.
The future of Makedonitissa Palace
For seven decades, Makedonitissa Palace has been an iconic place not only for Nicosia, but for the whole of Cyprus.
However, in recent years, the building and the huge area around, where there were fountains, a playground and gardens, began to decline, and the Archbishop and the current tenant of the complex could not agree on the repair and maintenance of the complex and the surrounding area at the proper level.
Thus, the lease was terminated. According to the available information, Makedonitissa Palace will be demolished in the near future by the decision of the Archbishop. A new park will be created there.
In addition, part of the land will be divided into separate plots. One part has already been leased by a Cypriot company, which will build a clinic there, using funds from local and foreign investors. The project has already received a license from the Department of Town Planning and Housing.