Lorenzo Warriner Pease described the view from Kantara:

From the top of the castle the view is splendid. The whole range of mountains on the southern shore of Caramania stretching for many miles lies before you. Some of...

Martin von Baumgarten made the pilgrimage to the Holy Land and Mount Sinai, and, on his return, visited Cyprus from 8 February to 28 March, 1508. He described the city of Salamina:

On the eighth of February, about the...

Rupert Gunnis never stopped searching for antiquities or old artefacts in Cyprus, be they Greek or Turkish:

After lunch to a reception at the Archbishop’s Palace. We were received by all thirty priests...

Fra Angelo Calepio, a Catholic priest in Cyprus recounted the events of the conquest of Cyprus by the Ottomans:

On February 11 Cubat Chawush was despatched as ambassador to Venice. He carried letters...

Lieut-Colonel W M Leake, a well-known student of Greek topography and antiquities, crossed from Kyrenia to Nicosia and Larnaca and back again:

We land this forenoon at Tzerina, called by the Italians Cerina and by...

Charles Thompson included Cyprus in his voyage from Constantinople to the Holy land and Egypt. He devoted ten pages of his travelogue to the island

The town of Famagusta, supposed to be the ancient Salamis...

Col Leake travelled from Kyrenia to Nicosia and gave a short description of the latter:

The ramparts of the Venetian fortifications of Lefcosia exist in tolerable preservation. But the ditch is filled up and there is no appearance...

Colonel William Martin Leake made a short visit to Larnaka from Nicosia:

From Lefkosia to Larnaka, eight hours. The first half of the distance was a continuation of the same plain as before; the remainder lay over...

Swedish archaeologist Alfred Westholm writes to his parents about his latest journey around Cyprus:

One day last week all four of us made an excursion to Karpassos to visit our friend Gunnis’s excavations...

Lieut-Colonel W M Leake describes the town of Larnaka:

We pass the day on board the Tigre, where we find General Junot, afterwards Duke of Abrantes, and Madame Junot and General Dupuy; the latter, next to Kleber, the Senior...

Rupert Gunnis, ADC to Governor Sir Ronald Storrs, inspected his finds in Ayia Irene and attended a concert:

Down to see the terra-cotta statues from Ayia Irene now that they have been cleaned. The big one, about 6ft is very fine but...

Ruby, wife of the director of Skouriotissa Mines, Charles Freedman Jackson, living in the Skouriotissa monastery complex, wrote to her siblings:

We drove to Nicosia and came back yesterday. We had the nicest time. ...