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Medieval Tower in Kato Pyrgos

In Kato Pyrgos in  Nicosia Region, on a small crest near the sea there are the ruins of an ancient medieval Tower. The area is known as Troulli. The small structure seems to be built in the Byzantine period and was used as a signal beacon for ships and at the same time as an observatory. It was used up until the Francs era. The closest village Pyrgos was probably named by this tower (Pyrgos in...

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Nea Pafos Archaeological site

A gem of the Cypriot cultural heritage, the ancient town of Nea Pafos in Pafos arouses awe and admiration.

The Pafos Archaeological Park, or else “Nea Pafos”, is situated near the small harbour of Kato Pafos. The ancient city of Nea Pafos was founded in the 4th century B.C. by the king of Pafos, Nikokles, who transferred the city of Palaipafos (today, Kouklia village) a bit further...

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Ancient Idalion Archaeological Site in Dali

The legacy of a prosperous ancient kingdom along with its inevitable decay is worthy of world admiration.

The Ancient Idalion is one of the most significant archaeological sites in Cyprus. In fact, many of its rich finds are exhibited in some of the most famous museums in the world. The Local Archaeological Museum of Ancient Idalion was founded in 2007 with the aim to promote the rich...

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Amathus Archaeological Site

Amathus or Amathounta, a great ancient kingdom and a great archaeological site right next to the sea.

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Kolossi Medieval Castle

Kolossi Castle – the Knights’ fortress and its unique course in time.

The castle of Kolossi is a medieval fortress on the south-west coast of Cyprus, a few kilometres west of the city of Limassol. It is situated in the heart of a rich and fertile valley at the mouth of Kouris River. The castle held great strategic importance protecting the area of Kolossi which contained large...

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Medieval Baths in Paphos

The presence of baths dates back to the ancient times, when they were considered large construction and located in public spaces. Public baths are found in Cyprus too, and emerged at different periods in history. The Baths in Paphos were built during the Frankish period, around the end of the 14th - early 15th century and are located within the same complex where the early Christian Basilica...

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Medieval Castle in Limassol

The imposing Castle of Limassol that used to be the protector of the town, is now the Museum of Medieval History of Cyprus.

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Medieval castle in Paphos

Paphos castle in the course of time: the fortress, the prison, the salt warehouse, and finally the emblem of the city.

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Latin Cathedral in Paphos

The ruins of the Latin Cathedral are located to the north of the early Christian Basilica of Ayias Kyriakis (Chrisopolitissa) in Kato Paphos. It dates back to the 1300 A.D. and it was part of a Frankish abbey. By the mid 16th century, it got renovated and decorated with Renaissance sculptures. Later, in the Ottoman times in particular, it was turned into a mosque. The excavations that were...

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Tenta Archaeological site in Kalavasos

Kalavasos Tenta refers to a beautiful historic hill.

Tenta hill is on the west side of Vasilikos valley, only 2.50 kilometres far from Kalavasos village. According to tradition, the name Tenta was given because St Helen set up a tent at that location in 327 A.D., on her return from Jerusalem where she had brought pieces of the Holy Cross to the island. The word Tenta in Greek Cypriot...

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Saint Hilarion Castle in Kyrenia

Twin (“Didymos”), Queen’s Castle, Ais Larkou Castle are some of the several names that were given to the Castle of Saint Hilarion or else known as Agios Ilarion. The dominant name is named after St Hilarion, a hermit monk who fled from prosecution in the Holy Land and lived and died to the western hilltop of the now occupied mountain range, Pentadaktylos.

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Larnaca-Medieval-Castle

The Castle of Larnaca is a fort marked by various cultures in the heart of Larnaca’s historic centre.

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Buffavento Castle in Kyrenia

Buffavento Castle is one of the three castles – watchtowers that stand on Pentadaktylos, the Kyrenia mountain range. It is situated on the second highest hill on the northern side of the mountain range of Pentadaktylos in an inaccessible area that dominates almost all of the island except the southwestern areas. It is strategically placed in between the other two castles of Pentadaktylos.

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Αββαείο του Πέλλα Πάις στο Πέλλα Πάις

Bellapais Abbey is located in the hillside village of Bellapais in Kyrenia district. Built on the flanks of Pentadaktylos Mountain, Bellapais Abbey is one of the most significant preserved monuments of the Medieval times in Cyprus and the only surviving example of Gothic style abbey in the eastern Mediterranean region.

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Kamares in Larnaca

The Kamares old aqueduct is located on the west side of the city centre of Larnaca and on the north-west of the Larnaca Salt Lake. The most famous part of the aqueduct is visible on the road heading towards Limassol in the Kamares area. The word Kamares in Greek means arches. The whole structure consists of 75 arches.

The aqueduct was built in 1745 by the Ottoman Governor of Larnaca,...

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Liberty Monument in Nicosia

The Liberty Monument is located within the city walls of Nicosia’s old town, close to the Archbishopric. It was crafted by I. Notara in 1973 during the presidency of Archbishop Makarios III. The monument was erected to honour the Greek Cypriots who fought for their independence against the British colonial rule, the Cyprus Emergency of 1955-1959. The monument consists of brass statues that...

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Γέφυρα Ερωτευμένων στην Αγία Νάπα

“Here, at the dreamy sky and sea lock your love”, this is what the Love Bridge in Ayia Napa invites its visitors to do. This newly renovated bridge is located in the area of “Mavrokorona”, east of Ayia Napa towards Cavo Greco.

Inspired by similar bridges found in other European cities like Paris and Amsterdam, the bridge in Ayia Napa enables its visitors, especially couples in love, to...

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Tamasos Archaeological Site

Tamasos was one of the most important town-kingdoms in Cyprus. Located about 21 kilometres southwest of Nicosia, the largest part of the ancient town lies under the modern villages of Politiko, Pera and Episkopio. Thanks to the exploitation of the rich copper deposits in its territory, Tamasos had been a flourishing town.

Even though various excavations uncover finds that date to...

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Palepaphos Archaeological Site and Archaeological Museum in Kouklia

Included in the World Heritage List of UNESCO since 1980, the archaeological site of Palepaphos and its museum certainly worth a visit.

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Βερεγγάρια

Verengaria is a mysterious and mythical hotel in Prodromos village. It is a landmark, a true gem of the area, a “villa” of the local and foreign high society, and a hotel for the kings.

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