06 Dec 2022

Did You Know? Christ Antiphonitis

The name Christ Antiphonitis means "Christ who responds" and a number of Greek churches are so designated. The epithet appears …

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29 Nov 2022

Did You Know? Antiphonitis

On the hills above the village and near Ayios Ambrosios lie three monasteries of which Antiphonitis is the most important. …

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22 Nov 2022

Did You Know? Kalo Chorio

Kalo Chorio is a village situated in the Larnaca district, ten kilometers west of Larnaca and six kilometers southeast of …

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15 Nov 2022

Did You Know? Labdanum

Labdanum, also called ladanum, ladan, or ladanon, is a sticky resin obtained from the shrubs rockrose …

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10 Nov 2022

Did You Know? The pomegranate (Punica granatum)

The pomegranate was originally found throughout the Mediterranean region and in the sixteenth century was taken to America.

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29 Oct 2022

Did You Know? Church Bells in Cyprus

The first bell to be rang during the Ottoman period was at Omodos village, at the church of the Holy …

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25 Oct 2022

Did You Know? Arrival of Sir Garner Wolseley in Cyprus

On 12 July 1878 Vice-Admiral Lord John Hay hoisted the Union Jack at before the barracks at Paphos Gate in …

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19 Oct 2022

Did You Know? The Canopy of Heaven

The ciborium of the Holy Altar of the church of St Mamas in Morphou, is one of the oldest on …

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11 Oct 2022

Did You Know? Ficus sycomorus

Ficus sycomorus, or sycamore fig or the fig-mulberry is a fig species that has been cultivated since ancient times. In …

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25 Sep 2022

Did You Know? Cyprus Aeterna

Sigmund Pollizer, (1913- 1983) was a British artist who came to Cyprus in January 1948 for a short visit that …

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23 Sep 2022

Did You Know? Mount Nemrud

Mount Nemrut or Nemrud is a 2,134-metre-high mountain in southeastern Turkey where, on its peak, lies the mausoleum of Antiochus …

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14 Sep 2022

Did You Know? Güllaç

A wonderful and very tasty Turkish dessert consumed usually during Ramadan.

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31 Aug 2022

Did You Know? Claude Sosthène Grasset

During the second half of the nineteenth century, magazines such as L’Illustration, Le Monde Illustré, Le Revue des deux Mondes …

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25 Aug 2022

Did You Know? John Patrick Douglas Balfour, 3rd Baron Kinross, The Orphaned Realm

John Patrick Douglas Balfour, 3rd Baron Kinross (1904 –1976) was a Scottish historian and writer noted for his biography of …

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18 Aug 2022

Did You Know? Sir Robert Armitage

Sir Robert Perceval Armitage (1906-1990) was Colonial Administrator in Cyprus in 1954. Writing to his mother he made quite a …

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11 Aug 2022

Did You Know? Report on Education

The Rev. J. Spencer reported on the state of education in Cyprus in 1880. His findings were presented in the …

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04 Aug 2022

Did You Know? The Maltese in Cyprus

After political domination, colonising the island was the second priority of the British. Within this framework London tried to entice …

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27 Jul 2022

Did You Know? The Maronites

The traveller Tommaso Porcacchi published in 1576 a book about the islands he had visited in 1550, amongst which Cyprus.

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20 Jul 2022

Did You Know? Slaves in Cyprus

With the Ottoman conquest “slavery”, in the sense of parici used in the medieval period, ceased. The Ottomans “freed” all …

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13 Jul 2022

Did You Know? Kyrenia Country Club

One of the most well-known establishments was the Kyrenia Country Club, founded by Crawford Allen in the early 1930s, a …

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06 Jul 2022

Did You Know? The Houstons

The first English, or rather, Scottish person who moved to Kyrenia was George Ludovic Houston in 1879, and he brought …

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29 Jun 2022

Did You Know? Panayia Kanakaria

This well-known church of Cyprus is situated at the entrance of the village of Lythrangomi. The name of the village …

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22 Jun 2022

Did You Know? Helena vs Marietta

In north Nicosia, behind St Sophia Cathedral, is the Sultan’s library. Built in honour of Mahmut II by the Vali …

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15 Jun 2022

Did You Know? Gypsies

The Romani or Roma, are a traditionally itinerant ethnic group, living mostly in Europe and originating from the northern regions …

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