CAPTIVATING HISTORY The island is like a large open air museum packed with evidence of its chequered past, a mosaic of different civilisations and cultures. In Nicosia, visit the old quarter surrounded by a Venetian sandstone fortress with a moat and heart shaped bastions, where Mosques and palm trees add an oriental atmosphere to the old city. Visit St John’s Cathedral with its frescoes and adjacent museum of marvellous Byzantine icons, and the Cyprus Museum, where you can see the best collection of archaeological artefacts on the island, including a first century AD Roman statuette of Aphrodite of Soli. Cyprus’ long and winding history offers visitors a journey of discovery paved with ancient archaeological treasures. The ancient city-kingdoms of Kourion and Amathus, and the Mosaics of Paphos, are considered among the finest mosaic floors in the eastern Mediterranean. Other must-see historic sites include the Neolithic settlements of Choirokoitia and Kalavasos-Tenta, the Tombs of the Kings and the famous Sanctuary of Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love, who legend claims was born on this island. Cyprus offers visitors a superb holiday destination packed with unforgettable experiences, extraordinary sights, exquisite Mediterranean cuisine and a generous dose of romantic ancient legends to spice up those lazy days by the sea.
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