Cats at Cyprus / September 2017

The Cyprus cat is landrace of domestic cat believed to be descended from cats of Egypt or Palestine brought to Cyprus by St Helen to rid the island of snakes and vermin.

They are not afraid of people however they do not like to be touched though.

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Aphrodite’s Rock, Cyprus / September 2017

Petra tou Romiou- birthplace of Aphrodite

Legend claims that Aphrodite, Greek goddess of love and beauty, was born from the sea-foam on this pebbly bay, which is dominated by rugged limestone crags rising from the sea. Other myths says these boulders were hurled at the ships of Saracen corsairs by Digenis Akritas, the paladin of the Byzantine frontier.

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And rock formations around:

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Kourion Archeological site, Limassol, Cyprus / September 2017

Kourion archaeological site is located on the west coast of Limassol in the small town of Episkopi.

Kourion was an ancient city to the southwest shores of Cyprus and it is one of the most famous ancient attractions here in Cyprus and it is situated 18km west of Limassol. Kourion is renowned for its importance, as historical sources suggest it was a major ancient city Kingdom of Cyprus.Herodotos and Stravonas both mention that it was a colony of the Argion, one of the most rich and powerful kingdoms of Cyprus. It is mentioned in the “prism of Asarhadon” 673-672B.C along with other kingdoms in Cyprus (Idalion, Kition , Salamina , Hitri, Tamasso,Lidra and Soloi). According to mythology, the well-known owner of Kourion was Curieus the son of Kiniras. The residents called him Curieus and Curias.

The town of Kourion is well known for its mosaics which decorate the floors in magnificent mansions and yards. One of the most well-known mansions is the house of Achilles, with a variety of mosaics on the floors. It is dated to the 4th century A.D and it took its name from the Greek hero of mythology.

 

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The ancient Kourion Theatre

The ancient Kourion theatre is located at the most southern part of town. It was built during the end of the 2nd century B.C but it has been altered to its dimensions which are found today, during the 2nd century A.D. It has a capacity of 3.500 spectators and a majestic view towards the Mediterranean. The theatre was closed towards the north, however only ruins are found today. To the left and right of the stage there are two arched pathways from which the viewers would enter.

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Kolossi Castle, Cyprus / September 2017

Kolossi castle was initially constructed in the 13th century and it was then rebuilt in its present form during mid-15th century. This well admired 15th century castle is situated in Kolossi village, 14km west of Limassol in the south of Cyprus.

During the 13th century, the castle served as the Grand Commandery of the Knights Templar and after the fall of Acre in 1291 the castle served as the headquarters of the knights of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem. The castle todays looks very well and well maintained and looks very similar to a tower, similar to ones found across Europe. It was built with military architecture offering security within the area and resisting any attacks. The castle has a height of 21 meters and each of the castle’s four sides are 15 meters long on the outside and 14 meters on the inside.

There is lovely view on the village from the top 🙂

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Limassol, Cyprus / September 2017

Historic Limassol

This colourful harbour town is Cyprus’s second-largest city, but at its historic heart it is a kaleidoscope of architecture, packed with reminders of the island’s chequered and multicultural past, from the Crusaders through to Venetian and Ottoman eras, to the present day. Around Limassol’s medieval core the streets are lively and bustling and authentically Cypriot in character. The best way to explore the city is on foot, and there are plenty of tranquil corners, including the lovely Municipal Gardens.

Limassol Municipal Gardens

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