Cyprus: The Island of Hidden Tales

  • Ancient City of Salamis: Founded in the 11th century BC, the ancient city of Salamis was a major cultural and commercial center in Cyprus. It features impressive ruins, including a large amphitheater, gymnasium, and Roman baths.
  • The Kingdom of Kourion: The ancient city-kingdom of Kourion dates back to the 12th century BC. It boasts well-preserved Greco-Roman ruins, including a magnificent theater, mosaics, and the House of Eustolios.

  • Lusignan Dynasty: From the late 12th to the late 15th century, Cyprus was ruled by the French Lusignan dynasty. During this period, the island became a significant Crusader stronghold, and many Gothic-style buildings were constructed, including the St. Nicholas Cathedral in Famagusta.
  • Ottoman Rule and the Cami Kebir Mosque: The Ottoman Empire ruled Cyprus from 1571 to 1878. The Cami Kebir Mosque in Larnaca, originally a Byzantine church, was converted into a mosque during this period, reflecting the island’s diverse religious history.

  • Aphrodite’s Rock (Petra tou Romiou): According to Greek mythology, the goddess Aphrodite was born from the sea foam near a rock formation known as Petra tou Romiou, located on the southwestern coast of Cyprus. This mythological site is a popular tourist attraction and a symbol of the island’s rich cultural heritage.