23 Feb 2024

John Locke in Famagusta

John Locke, while visiting Famagusta noted the following:

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16 Feb 2024

A great disaster befell the city of Paphos by a Genoese raid in 1373.

Leontios Macheras describes what happened:

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09 Feb 2024

The British writer and traveller W. H. Mallock

The British writer and traveller W. H. Mallock stayed at Government House in 1889 as the guest of Sir Henry …

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02 Feb 2024

In 1835, the American missionary Lorenzo Warriner Pease arrived in Larnaca.

In 1835, the American missionary Lorenzo Warriner Pease arrived in Larnaca. This is what he saw when the …

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26 Jan 2024

Maistre Denis Possot, a priest of Coulommiers in Brie, travelled to Cyprus in June 1533. His ship landed for a short while in Limassol.

However the captain told us he wished to land, and in fact, he did land with a few of the …

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19 Jan 2024

Nicolai de Marthono, a notary of Carinola, embarked at Gaeta on June 17, 1394, for Alexandria; visited Cairo, M. Sinai and Jerusalem, and on November 27 arrived at Famagusta.

He travelled around the island and visited the Monastery of the Holy Cross. After a steep climb, he arrived …

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12 Jan 2024

Jacobus de Verona, arriving in Famagusta in June 1335, visited many places and partook in various ceremonies.

Moreover, in that same city of Famagosta, while I was there a certain rich citizen died, and all our clerks …

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05 Jan 2024

Benedict of Peterborough, in The Chronicle, under the title Gesta Regis Henrici II. et Ricardi I.

On the same day the Emperor of Cyprus, seeing that all his people were deserting him, sent ambassadors to the …

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29 Dec 2023

As the Reverend Edward Daniel Clarke approached Nicosia in 1801, he had the surprise of his life…

As the Reverend Edward Daniel Clarke approached Nicosia in 1801, he had the surprise of his life…

"As we …

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22 Dec 2023

In 1765 the Tuscan merchant Antonio Mondaini ventured into Kyrenia.

In 1765 the Tuscan merchant Antonio Mondaini ventured into Kyrenia and there, while conversing with the local Ottoman dignitaries he …

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15 Dec 2023

Leontios Machairas

Leontios Machairas wrote in the 15th century about the Nestorians in Famagusta.

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08 Dec 2023

The intrepid Gladys Peto

The intrepid Gladys Peto did not spend much time in Paphos but had some good words to say about the …

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01 Dec 2023

Alfred Westholm

Writing to his parents, the Swedish archaeologist Alfred Westholm expressed his inner thoughts about Vouni and the locals working with …

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24 Nov 2023

Frederick Breul

In December 1895 a couple of friends from the British army stationed in Cyprus decided to take a tour of …

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17 Nov 2023

Edmond Duthoit

The French antiquarian Edmond Duthoit was in Cyprus in 1865. Writing to his parents from Cornos, just a few …

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10 Nov 2023

Sir Harry Luke

In his book Cyprus: a Portrait and an Appreciation, written in 1957, Sir Harry Luke describes an unusual icon …

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03 Nov 2023

Giovanni Mariti

In his book The Island of Cyprus, written in the 1760s, Abbe Giovanni Mariti writes about the madder of …

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27 Oct 2023

While Lorenzo Warriner Pease was walking through the streets of Nicosia in 1835, the city appeared a unique combination of Oriental and European architecture, of splendour and poverty.

The streets in one part of the city are long and straight and many of the houses are well built …

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20 Oct 2023

Pietro della Valle was a Roman of patrician birth, who visited Cyprus in September 1625.

September 17. I returned early to our vessel and stopped on the way to see a Greek Church in the …

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13 Oct 2023

Namindiu

A manuscript has surfaced lately titled “Historic and Entertaining Letters on the Past and Present Conditions of the Island of …

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06 Oct 2023

Lorenzo Warriner Pease

On 23 January 1835 having secured letters of introduction from the American consul Mr. Marino Mattei for the Governor and …

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29 Sep 2023

Henry Light, "Captain of the Royal Artillery" visited Cyprus in 1814 where he stayed for a short while. Very observant and curious, Light took meticulous notes of what he saw.

"Though the language of Cyprus is said to be more corrupt than of any other part of the east where …

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22 Sep 2023

The Seigneur de Villamont left his home in the Duchy of Brittany in June 1588, travelled in Italy and embarked at Venice on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land.

"And so, conversing together we arrived at the abbey of S. Nicholas. It is close to the sea, and …

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15 Sep 2023

Felix Faber, visited Cyprus twice, in 1480 and 1488. He was a Dominican monk from Ulm visiting the Holy Land.

"Wonderful is the position or location of this cross in its place. It is in a niche dimly lighted, both …

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