STEP INTO THE PAST ....Cyprus
Trip Start Oct 25, 2009
43Trip End Nov 02, 2009
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STEP INTO THE PAST
Cyprus (Kypros) in Greek famous for its copper in antiquity.
Experience here at first hand one of the oldest civilizations of the world going back 10,000 years.
THE CYPRIOT MUSEUM IN NICOSIA ........IS A MUST!
If you open the site you will find every information needed, not only on this Museum in Nicosia, but for every museum on the island
I have been going again and again to the island, and never before had the chance to visit it. I have seen so many museums in my life, travelling to so many countries, but never before felt like this.- Be sure to have a guid with you, or at least a book explaining what you are expected to see.
This specific Museum is a treasure indeed. Don't leave the island without visiting it!
Long coveted by foreign powers due to its strategic position at the crossroad between three continents, the island is like a large open-air museum where you can see evidence of its chequered past making it a mosaic of different civilizations and periods.
The cult of Aphrodite, the ancient Greek mythological goddess of love and beauty, flourished here.
Cyprus was the first country the apostles Paul and Barnabas visited in their mission to spread Christianity and the first to come under Christian administration
Many fine examples of Byzantine art survived here. Hidden away in the pine forests, are Cyprus painted churches with their colourful frescoes on walls and apses, ten of which have been put on the UNESCO World Heritage List, - one of which I visited yesterday……the Church of Saint Nicolas tis Stegis as it is called in Greek. A 11th century ancient church which every visitor on the Island should visit.
It is just a few miles outsite KAKOPETRIA.
Check the site I give here for full details:
Kykkos Monastery (Panagia tou Kykkou)
Kykkos Monastery is the largest and most famous monastery in Cyprus
Kykkos Monastery, PO Box 24850, 1304 Nicosia, Cyprus
Tel: (02) 942 736 (museum) or 590 768 (office)
Air: Paphos International Airport. Road: Car: Road to Pedoulas which leads to Kykkos (from Troodos); road north towards Platres, past Pedoulas to Kykkos (from Limassol); towards Limassol, then northeast past Kedares to Platres (from Paphos). The monastery is well-signposted.