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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08 Jun 2022

Did You Know? Jiklos

Up in the mountain just before entering Kyrenia, in an area called Jiklos, were two or three British homes in …

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02 Jun 2022

Did You know? The Exiles

In 1571, when Famagusta fell to the Ottomans, the town was taken over by the militia. All inhabitants, Moslem, Orthodox …

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30 May 2022

Did You Know? The Buyuk Khan

The Buyuk Khan, or Great Inn. One of the first constructions erected by the Ottomans in 1572, this inn was …

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26 May 2022

Did You Know? Archangel Michael-Trypiotis church

Archaeologists say that the church was built on the site of a monastery (1295), which used to be the residence …

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21 May 2022

Did You Know? Nicosia Bastions

The choice of eleven bastions was based on the fact that Cyprus had eleven administrative provinces or contrade.

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17 May 2022

Did You Know? The Venetian walls of Nicosia

Panos Leventis, in Twelve times in Nicosia, 2005, presents the history of Nicosia from 1192-1570 and points out the …

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03 May 2022

Did You Know? Names of villages

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25 Apr 2022

Did You Know? Robert Anning Bell, Catherine Queen of Cyprus

The painting, which hangs in the Caterina Cornaro room on the second floor of the CVAR, is inscribed verso on …

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19 Apr 2022

Did You Know? Kantara Castle

Among the theories put forward to explain the origins of the castle are that it was first built In 965 …

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12 Apr 2022

Did You Know? Government Cottage

During the end of the nineteenth century, the custom was to go to the hills from about the middle of …

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04 Apr 2022

Did You Know? St. Giacomo, St. James, St Jacque or Ayios Iacovos

Mas Latrie in Livre Des Remembrance, document 195, (Wednesday, 3 January 1469) mentions "la chapelle de Saint Jaque de …

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27 Mar 2022

Did You Know? Names of Cypriot cities

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21 Mar 2022

Did You Know? The Evil Eye

The evil eye is a supernatural belief in curse, brought about by a malevolent glare.

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14 Mar 2022

Did You Know? Hammams

Public bathhouses existed in Roman and Hellenistic culture and were found throughout the Mediterranean world.

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08 Mar 2022

Did You Know? Molokhia/Moloha

Molokhia refers to the leaves of Corchorus olitorius, commonly known in English as , jute mallow or Jew's Mallow.

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05 Mar 2022

Did You Know? Falcons

Falconry is the hunting of wild animals in their natural state and habitat by means of a trained bird of …

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22 Feb 2022

Did You Know? Salep

The salep, is a drink made of flour from the tubers of the orchids. Salep was very popular in the …

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