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Troodos National Forest Park Visitor Centre
The Visitor Centre of the Troodos National Forest Park, is situated 200m west of the Troodos Square, to which is also connected with a paved trail. It is the first Centre of its kind in Cyprus and it has been operating since July 2002. The building has been erected by the Cyprus Tourism Organization and its development and operation as a
Visitor Centre has been undertaken by the Forestry Department.The Centre aims, through its exhibits and services, to inform the visitor about the importance and unique character of the Park, various environmental issues, recreational facilities available and activities which are permitted in the Park. The Centre has a reception area with a small shop, an exhibition gallery and a film theatre. A botanical and geological trail is also connected to the building.
The visitor can obtain information about the Park area from the reception. A scale model of the park is located at the reception, on which all facilities and important areas can be identified. Books and souvenirs related to the Park can also be purchased at the reception. Several exhibits about the Park are found in this room related to the environment, geology, flora, fauna, various habitats, recreation, history and the civilization of the island.
There are dioramas (representations of ecotopes) with stuffed animals and birds, computers, microscopes, geological model, sketches and photographs explaining the creation of Cyprus, the importance of the ecological pyramid, the diversity of endemic plants and the threats to the Park. There are also collections of butterflies, wood samples, fossils and a cross section of an age-old Black pine showing its annual rings and age.
Monday-Friday 10:00-15:00, Saturday 10:00-16:00, Sunday 10:00-15:00 Entrance Fee: €0.85
Troodos Geopark Visitor Centre
It is located near the abandoned asbestos mine in the Troodos National Forest Park, near the Karvounas – Troodos Road, and next to its sister site of the Troodos Botanic Garden. The Troodos Geopark (an area of 1.147 km2) Visitor Centre is located in the old Asbestos mine (Amiantos mine), an area with enormous historical value which now hosts an extraordinary botanical garden with information about the flora of the area, a seed bank of endemic species and also a plethora of evidence for the past mining activity and the community which once flourished there.
The Geopark Visitor Centre is situated in the newly restored elementary school of the abandoned asbestos mine. The building is an impressive listed structure and an example of fine architecture with historic characteristics and features such as its fireplaces, one in every room, and a beautiful internal yard. At the entrance of the Geopark Visitor Centre the visitors are welcomed by an amazing geological garden consisting of all the rock types encountered in the area, in stratigraphic order, representing the Troodos ophiolite sequence.
An outdoor classroom is operated in the garden of the centre, where interactive lessons and demonstrations are delivered to visiting students and the general public.Impressive rocks and minerals, a maquette of the geology of the area, depicting sites of geological importance and interest (faults, mines, geo-trails, etc.), informational panels and a conference room where the visitor can watch documentaries, of the significance of the geology of the Troodos mountain range are only some of the exhibits in the visitor centre.
The Geopark Visitor Center also, hosts exhibits of the abandoned Asbestos and Chromite mines, representations of an ancient pyro-metallurgical furnace for the production of copper and a gallery of the last century for the exploitation of sulphate deposits. Finally, on the way out a shop gives the opportunity to the visitor to buy handcrafted art products and other geo-products, made by raw materials encountered in the Troodos area, as well as an eco-tourism guide and the Troodos documentary movie.We are confident, that a visit at the Geopark Visitor Center will be an interesting educational journey for the visitor providing an inside to the geological uniqueness of the Troodos area, the most complete piece of oceanic crust on earth.
Troodos has been and still is the scientific inspiration of geoscientists from all over the world enlightening them of the geological processes that are taking place in the depths of the recent oceans and the formation of new oceanic crust.
Opening Hours: Tuesdays - Sundays:09:00-16:00 / Entrance Fee: Adults €3,00 / Children €2,00 (6 - 18), free (under 6)
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