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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14 Feb 2022

Did You Know? Government House

Government House was a wooden pre-fabricated construction sent from England to Cyprus and specially designed to house the new High …

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08 Feb 2022

Did You Know? Banana Bottle

Feeding an infant was a primary concern of all civilisations throughout the ages. Mothers and caregivers always tried to find …

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05 Feb 2022

Did You Know? The bazaars of Nicosia

Nicosia in the nineteenth century was known as the little Damascus. Tall minarets protruding from its walls, beautiful serails and …

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27 Jan 2022

Did You Know? Sylvia Foot

Sylvia Foot (d. 1985), was the wife of the last Governor of Cyprus Sir Hugh Foot. Foot had served as …

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22 Jan 2022

Did You Know? Archduke Louis Salvador (1847- 1915)

His full name was Archduke Ludwig Salvador Marie Josef Johann Baptist Dominikus Rainer Ferdinand Karl Zenobius Antonin.

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15 Jan 2022

Did You Know? Catalan Window

Above the entrance of what purported to be the third Lusignan Palace, in the centre of Nicosia, stood a wonderful …

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07 Jan 2022

Did You Know? Ismet Guney

İsmet Vehit Güney (15 July 1923 – 23 June 2009) was a Cypriot artist, art teacher, painter and cartoonist. He …

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02 Jan 2022

Did You Know? Dr. Heidenstam

Fredrik Carl von Heidenstam (1842-1909) was born at the Swedish Legation in Athens. He was trained as a doctor in …

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28 Dec 2021

Did You Know? The monastery of Kykko

Kykkou, Kykkou, Kykkos' hill
A monastery the site shall fill
A golden girl shall enter in
And never shall come …

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24 Dec 2021

Did You Know? Bellapais monastery by Louis François Cassas

In 1783, Louis Francois Cassas (1756-18270, a celebrated French artist was invited by Choiseul Gouffier, French Ambassador to the Port, …

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21 Dec 2021

Did You Know? Caterina Cornaro

On the second floor of CVAR there is a special section devoted to the last tragic queen of Cyprus, Caterina …

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14 Dec 2021

Did You Know? The church of Tochni village

According to the legend, St Helena landed in Cyprus c.327 and rested by the banks of Vasilikos (the Royal) river. …

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07 Dec 2021

Did You Know? The Phoenix foundation stone

After the riots of October 1931 and the burning of Government House in Nicosia, the then Governor Sir Ronald Storrs …

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29 Nov 2021

Did You Know? A Christening in Cyprus

In their memoires and letters to their family back home, they write about life in Cyprus. Ruby, in a letter …

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23 Nov 2021

Did You Know? The Jewish colony in Cyprus

In 1946 to 1949, 52,000 Jewish refugees from Europe, on their way to the Promised Land, were stopped and detained …

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19 Nov 2021

Did You Know? The Larnaca Aqueduct

In 1745, Cyprus was taken away from the hands of a Muhassil due to corruption and was put under the …

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09 Nov 2021

Did You Know? The Walls of Nicosia

According to Panos Leventis, the Venetian fortification of Nicosia required thousands of workers.

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04 Nov 2021

Did You Know? The Cyprus Bandit Hunt

Colonel Donisthorpe Alsop Donne was Police Commissioner in Limassol district.

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26 Oct 2021

Did You Know? The legend of Melusine

Many centuries ago there lived in Poitiers in France, a prince named Raymond de Lusignan. He was very good looking …

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20 Oct 2021

Did You Know? The Prayer Rug

The prayer rug, or mat, is a piece of woven fabric, used by Moslems and Arab Christians during prayer.

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14 Oct 2021

Did You Know? Peter Thomas (1305–1366) (also Petrus de Thomas) was a Carmelite monk born in Perigot.

He came from a very poor family and on his own saw himself through school. He entered the Carmelite Order …

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08 Oct 2021

Did You Know? The road from Nicosia to Kyrenia has inspired practically every foreign traveller to Cyprus.

The road from Nicosia to Kyrenia has inspired practically every foreign traveller to Cyprus. They all wrote of the beauty …

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28 Sep 2021

Did You Know? Katirçi Yianni - In the 1850s, in the suburbs of Smyrna, loomed a gang of robbers whose leader was Katirçi Yianni.

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