EARLI 2015

 

About Cyprus

Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean. The history of Cyprus is one of the oldest recorded in the world and its historical significance is disproportionate to its small size. A story past 10,000 years long has seen civilizations come and go and the likes of everyone from Alexander the Great to Cleopatra stake their claim here. Aphrodite made her home on Cyprus and travelers throughout antiquity came here just to pay her tribute.


As a result of the Zurich-London agreements, Cyprus became an independent Republic on 16 August 1960. Following the country’s accession to the EU in 2004 as a full member state, the government of the Republic of Cyprus, joined the euro zone and adopted the euro as its national currency. Today Cyprus is a modern country that combines European culture with ancient enchantment. There are numerous relics from the rich past of this island. Relics from every era – Greek temples, Roman mosaics and 15th-century wall-paintings. Most of these remainders of the past still influence the artists of today. Many villages specialize in a particular art form. During a trip around Cyprus the visitor can see pottery, silver and copperware, basket weaving, tapestry and Lefkara’s famous lacework, all being manufactured on the spot.

 

lemesos boat

One of the benefits of being a Mediterranean island is plentiful sunshine throughout the year, and Cyprus is no exception. In fact, Cyprus epitomizes the ideal weather of the region with sunny days and fine temperatures almost every day. Extremes of temperatures are rare, meaning Cyprus has something to offer every month of the year, whether it’s swimming (as late as November) or enjoying cultural sites and festivals (all year long).
 

 

 

Ap YlatisMore about Cyprus and its history can also be found at:
•    About Cyprus  
•    Cyprus Press and Information Office  
•    Cyprus Ministry of foreign Affairs  
•    Cyprus Tourism Organization  

 

 

 

 

 

Source of text: About Cyprus 

Source of images: Republic of CyprusLimassol Blog, Press and Information Office