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CYPRUS

Birth place of the Ancient Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite.

Some 11,000 years ago, seafaring people from the Near East landed their boats on the island of Cyprus. The easternmost isle in the Mediterranean, Cyprus has long been a place where influences from East and West meet.

Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean and it is situated at the crossroads of three continents – Europe, Asia and Africa.

On this island once walked the Christ’s apostles. The splendor of the Byzantine Empire for many centuries encapsulated Cyprus. The island is an open-air museum, where one can visit prehistoric settlements, classical Greek temples, Roman theatres and villas, early Christian basilicas, Byzantine churches and monasteries, Crusader castles, Gothic Cathedrals, Venetian fortifications, Moslem mosques and British colonial-style buildings.

The same strategic location that made Cyprus a crucial starting point for Alexander’s expanding empire makes the island a desirable centre today.

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