The third largest of the Mediterranean islands, Cyprus offers nearly 500 miles of beautiful coastline, sandy beaches and a history dating back 10,000 years. In mythology, Aphrodite, the goddess of love, supposedly rose from the sea here, hence the name 'Aphrodite's Isle', whilst the ancient ruins and temples, ornate Byzantine churches all add to the island's natural charm.
Visit Kolossi Castle and its ornate mosaics, whose origins date back to the Knights of St John or the House of Dionysos and the Unesco World Heritage Site of the Tomb of Kings.
The Troodos mountains, home to the Kykko Monastery, is the island’s largest monastery and contains a museum displaying a wealth of Byzantine and Ecclesiastical artefacts.
Founded in the 11th century, it is the oldest and most powerful monastery on the island. The museum within the monastery houses a wealth of Byzantine and Ecclesiastical artefacts.
Dating back to the 4th century BC, the Tomb of the Kings is located northwest of Pafos and is a large necropolis. With elaborate frescoes and Doric columns, the tombs have been inscribed to the Unesco World Heritage list.
Inscribed to the Unesco World Heritage list, the town of Pafos is often described as an open museum. Visit the Kolossi Castle, whose origins date back to the Knights of St John the Greco-Roman site at Curium and the remarkable mosaics in the houses of Theseus, Aion and Dionysos.
A living reminder of the island's turbulent past, the city is divided as part of Turkish intervention in 1974. Half of the city is Greek Cypriot, with the other half being Turkish Cypriot. The Cyprus Musuem, the Archbishop's Palace and St. John's Cathedral are all important tourist attractions within the city.
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