Athienou is a village in Larnaca District, Cyprus. It is one of only four villages located within the United Nations Buffer Zone, the other three being Pyla, Troulloi and Deneia. Today, Athienou has a population of around 5,000 people and is home to Davidson College's Athienou Archaeological Project.
It is supported by many, that the name of the village Athienou, derived from the ancient Greek word, "Atta" (Greek: Αττα) or "Atha" (Greek: Αθθα), meaning large rock, which characterized the rocky land of the village.
Others support that the name was given by a group of Athenians (travellers from Athens), who came and settled in the village, to remember their home town.
Others resolve the name to a Lusignan called Etienne, who lived in the area, and the people who lived in the village were mentioning his house as "Etienne's Place", and in later years that changed into Athienou.
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