Friday, September 10, 2021

Things To See in Cyprus

EuropeCyprusThings To See in Cyprus
  • The many archaeological and antiquities sites spread across the island, ranging from the New Stone Age to the Roman Empire
  • The island’s magnificent shoreline, which is still relatively unspoiled in many areas, is definitely worth exploring.
  • Nicosia, the capital, has a wealth of history, preserved Venetian walls surrounding the city, some wonderful bars and restaurants within the city’s old walls, and, of course, the ‘green line’ – the dividing line with the Turkish part of Cyprus, which cuts through the center of Nicosia, now the only divided capital.
  • The Troodos mountains, which rise to a height of 1952 meters, provide some lovely trail hikes as well as charming small towns such as Kakopetria, Platres, and Phini. There is the possibility of skiing there in the winter, and a ski resort is being built.
  • The port and archeological park of Paphos. Picnics may be enjoyed nearby at the Rock of Aphrodite.
  • Hamam Omerye in Nicosia, Cyprus, is a 14th century structure that has been renovated to function as a hammam for everyone to enjoy, relax, and revitalize – it really is a haven to rest. Hamam Omerye, situated in the center of Nicosia’s old town, dates back to French control and is a real functioning illustration of Cyprus’ rich culture and variety, stone struggle, but feeling of freedom and adaptability. The site has a long history, dating back to the 14th century when it was an Augustinian church dedicated to St. Mary. It is stone-built, with tiny domes, and dates from the period of Frankish and Venetian control, about the time the city gained its Venetian Walls. Mustapha Pasha turned the chapel into a mosque in 1571, claiming that here is where the prophet Omer slept on his journey to Lefkosia. The majority of the original structure was destroyed by Ottoman cannon, although the main entry door still belongs to the 14th century Lusignan construction, and remnants of a later Renaissance phase may be seen on the monument’s north-eastern side. The [EU] sponsored a bi-communal UNDP/UNOPS initiative, “Partnership for the Future,” in 2003, in cooperation with Nicosia Municipality and the Nicosia Master Plan, to rehabilitate the Hamam Omerye Bath, revitalising its spirit and preserving its historical character. The hamam is still in use today, and because to a recent restoration effort, it has become a popular leisure spot in Lefkosia. It was awarded the Europa Nostra Prize for the Conservation of Architectural Heritage in 2006.