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Kurion, Cyprus

Cyprus most important city/kingdom in antiquity was Kourion. The city was build on the hills and overlooked the valley of the river Kouris. According to archaeological evidence the ancient inhabitants believed that were descendents of people that immigrate there from Argos, Peloponnese. The kingdom of Kourion destroyed by a devastating earthquake in 365 AD. Today […]

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Medieval Castle of Paphos

The medieval Castle of Paphos is located on the west side of the harbor. It was built as a Byzantine fort to protect the city from external enemies and it was destroyed in 1222 by a major earthquake that hit the city. Throughout history, the castle has been used as a fortress and a prison […]

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Cyprus

In antiquity, there were two locations called Paphos, the new and the old one. Around 400 BC, the last king of Paphos, Nikoklis, moved the capital of his kingdom to the west and founded the New Paphos (today the Kato Paphos). During Hellenic area, New Paphos became the capital of Cyprus and remained a capital […]

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Páfos

Walking down the port of Paphos you will meet a big rusty bench with a Greek text engraved on it. The text is part of Sophocles tragedy "Antigone" and it's an anthem dedicated to the power of love. The bench is called the 'bench of the lovers' so don't miss the chance to take a […]

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Paphos, Paphos, Cyprus

According to the myth; the Greek goddess of love, beauty, pleasure and procreation, Aphrodite, was born in Cyprus. In a cruel version of the myth, Cronus cut off the genitals of his father Uranus and throw them in the sea. From the white foam (aphros in Greek) of the sea hitting on the rocks of […]

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Paphos, Paphos, Cyprus

The etymology of the name of Cyprus (Kypros in Greek) is unknown. The earliest reference to it is in the 15 century BC in Greek Linear B syllabic script. Some, support that it came from the word 'kyparissos' the Greek word for the tree cypress. The metal copper took its name from the island because […]

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Pétra tou Romioú

According to the myth, Digenis Akritas with his extraordinary powers pushed away the Arab crusades by throwing against them a rock stopping their efforts to invade Cyprus. The local tradition has it that you have to swim around the rock three times and this will bring you blessings such as eternal beauty and youth, good […]

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Páfos

Paphos, the cultural capital of Europe for 2017, is a coastal city in the South West of Cyprus. It's an exceptional touristic destination all year long as the temperatures even in January can reach up to 25 degrees. Of course most people visit Paphos during summer and enjoy the beautiful beaches in Coral Bay or […]

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Limassol, Cyprus

Cyprus is an island country, the third largest and third most populous island in the Mediterranean sea. Cyprus is a famous touristic destination and every year more than 3 million tourists visit the island for their vacations. Since 1974 the island has been divided in the Greek Cypriot part and the Turkish Cypriot part and […]

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Cyprus

Have you ever been in Cyprus? I did and I'm going to share a few pictures and little of the island's history in my next posts. Do you have any nice pictures from Cyprus? If you have, let me know with a comment here and I will share your pictures in my stories What is […]

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