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Historical Places in Cyprus
There are so many historical places of
interest to visit in Cyprus. This was bound to be so since
the island is located in the centre of the ancient world which
is known as the cradle of western civilization. Nicosia is
the capital of Cyprus and is full of fascinating historical
places. The walls ring the old city of Nicosia, with a three
and a half mile circuit; contain 11 bastions and 3 gates.
Today the walls remain virtually intact and it is possible
to walk part of the perimeter. Nicosia contains many interesting
museums and mosques which you can visit. Some containing Cypriot
pottery, terracotta, clay, stone sculptures, bronze and jewellery.
Nicosia, the capital of Cyprus, has many historical places to visit. There is the Famagusta Gate, which is one of the entrances to the city through the city walls. You can also visit the Folk Art Museum and the Byzantine Museum and Art Galleries.
The old city of Famagusta is encircled
by the historical walls which date back to mediaeval times.
The walls have stayed intact to this day and are well preserved reminding us Cyprus History.
Two of the original gates of the Famagusta castle still stand:
The Sea Gate and The Land Gate. Kantara Castle is magnificently
placed astride the near east end of the Five-Finger Mountain.
It is well preserved to show the quality of its architecture
and the remarkable bastions that flank the entrance. The castle
was built by the Byzantines and dates back to the 11th century.
There are many other historical places to visit in Famagusta
including museums, churches, castles and mosques.
In Guzelyurt there is the Guzelyurt Museum.
The museum houses a collection ranging from the prehistoric
age of Cyprus to the Byzantine period. St. Mamas Monastery,
also in Guzelyurt, dates back to the 18th century and contains
art going back to the 16th century. When in Lefke you can
visit Soli and Vouni Palace. The Vouni Palace was constructed
in the 5th century by the Persian sympathizer Doxandros, the
king of the city of Marion, to keep the settlements supporting
the Greeks (Soli) under control.
Kyrenia is a fascinating town on the Northern coast of Cyprus,
founded by the Myceans ca.1600 BC. Kyrenia is famous for its
magnificent harbor and nearby castle. The Kyrenia castle in Cyprus is
thought to have been constructed to protect the town against
the Arab raids in the 7th century. The Shipwreck Museum, located
within the castle, houses the oldest recovered shipwreck in
history. There is also The Bellapais Monastery and St. Hilarion
Castle, built to defend the island against the Arab raids.
Kyrenia houses many interesting museums which you can visit
including The Folk Arts Museum and The Icon Museum. Other
places of historical interest in the Kyrenia area are: The
Anthipanitis Church, The Buffavento Castle and the Hz. Omer
There are many historical places of interest to visit whilst
in Paphos such as The Tombs of the Kings which can be found
just outside of the town. There is also Paphos Odeon, a second
century Odeon built out of limestone which is still used for
There are many historical Museums in Limassol as well as the
ancient kingdoms of Kourion and Amathus.
In the middle of the town square there is a 16th century medieval
Cyprus monastery and you will also find a Marine Life Museum, the
first one in Cyprus.
Larnaca is full of history and Cyprus culture and with many places to visit including
the Church of Saint Lazarus and the Turkish Fortress. These
are just some of the historical places of interest in Larnaca.