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Mevlevi Tekke, Nicosia

Less than 100 metres south of Kyrenia Gate is the entrance to this small museum. It is housed in the former Muslim monastery (tekke) of the Mevlevi order […]

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Venetian Walls, Nicosia

Construction of the Venetian defence walls that encircle the old town of Nicosia was completed in 1567, three years before the Ottoman invasion. Of the eleven bastions in […]

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Cyprus Under Rome

Rome, though situated far away on the River Tiber in central Italy. was an increasing power in the eastern Mediterranean and elsewhere. By 190 BC it was the […]

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Agia Kyriaki Chrysopolitissa, Paphos

The 12th century stone church of Agia Kyriaki, with a later small belfry and dome, is also known as Panagia Chrysopolitissa (Our Lady of the Golden City). It […]

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Panagia Chrysospiliotissa

This rarely visited subterranean church, southwest of Nicosia, is situated near the village of Kato Deftera. It is dedicated to Our Lady of the Golden Grotto. Originally a […]

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Panagia Chrysorrogiatissa and Beyond…

In a beautiful setting, above the sea, the Chrysorrogiatissa monastery is dedicated to ‘Our Lady of the Golden Pomegranate.’ It features an unusual triangular cloister built of reddish […]

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What is Cypriot Stress?

There are many reasons people get stressed. Here are a few Cypriot ‘stressors’ Pressure from ‘outside sources.’ Those are family, friends, the boss, children and husband or boyfriend. […]

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Kykkos Monastery

Situated on a pine-covered ridge at the edge of the Tillirian Troodos, Kykkos has always played a rather prominent role in the Greek Orthodox church. It acquired immense […]

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Panagia tis Podithou

Dating from 1502, the church was built through the donation of Demetre de Coron and his wife Helen. The church is also known as Panagia Elousa (Our Lady […]

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Curium…

Ancient Kourion (or Curium) was a major centre of cultural, political and religious life. It was home to the centuries-old site of the Sanctuary of Apollo and later […]

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Berengaria Hotel…

Berengaria Hotel in Prodromos, opened in 1931 and closed its doors in 1984, a total of fifty-three years. Its owner was Mr Kokkalos who began building the hotel […]

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A Gong of Awakening…

Tragedy. Death. Destruction. Fire. A furnace, a hungry lion. Water-to quench but also to drown and cause death. Could the tragedy in Greece have been avoided? What could […]

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Morfou…

The Turkish name for Morfou, is Guzelyurt, which means ‘beautiful place.’ And, indeed, the local citrus groves and picturesque bay add to the lovely scenery here. It was […]

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When in Larnaca…

Larnaca Fort and Medieval Museum: On the seashore, the fort in Larnaca was built by the Ottomans around 1625 on the site of a medieval castle which had […]

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Great Mosque of Limassol

The area around the harbour and castle was once inhabited mainly by Turks, and there are some remaining Turkish inscriptions and street names. The Great Mosque or Cami […]

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Thalassa Museum of the Sea, Agia Napa

This museum in Agia Napa is designed to show the impact of the sea on the history of the island. It features a replica of the ‘ Kyrenia […]

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Cyprus Wine Museum, Erimi

“The sweetness of your love is like Cyprus wine,” wrote Mark Antony, offering Cyprus to Cleopatra as a wedding present. Wine growing is a long-established tradition in Limassol, […]

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Ancient City of Marion, Pafos

Founded in the 7th century BC by Greeks, the city-state of Marion was a major trading centre during the Classical and Hellenistic eras. It owed its rapid development […]

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Tombs of the Kings

The necropolis is a fascinating system of caves and rock tombs dating from the Hellenistic and Roman eras (the 3rd century BC to 3rd century AD). Situated north […]

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Kato Pafos…

The most accessible and inspiring archaeological park on the island, the ruins of Kato (Lower) Pafos were unearthed in 1962, shedding new light on Cyprus under the Roman […]

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