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Souskiou, Deserted Village

Posted by admin On May - 6 - 2009
A crumbling villa in a delightful position on the edge of the deserted village of Souskiou, Paphos District, Cyprus

A crumbling villa in a delightful position on the edge of the deserted village of Souskiou, Paphos District, Cyprus

Cyprus’ history is one of wars and invasions – a penalty of being in such a strategic location in the Eastern Mediterranean. 

As recently as 1974 the north of the island was invaded by Turkey – even today the news in Cyprus is dominated by what hope there is for a reunited island.

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EOKA Museum, Chlorakas, Paphos

Posted by admin On December - 2 - 2008
EOKA Museum, Chlorakas, Paphos

EOKA Museum, Chlorakas, Paphos

Chlorakas – between Paphos and Coral Bay – is famous as the landing site of Colonel George Grivas in 1954 at the start of his guerrilla campaign against the occupying British.

The beach where he came ashore is known as Dhigenis’ landing.

Near the landing site is a small museum dedicated to EOKA. Its centrepiece is a fishing trawler that returned George Grivas, the militant super Hellenist and military leader, to Cyprus after years of exile.

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Vretsia, Deserted Village

Posted by admin On August - 24 - 2008
Deserted mosque, Vretsia. Look closely. Yes, they are bullet holes in the top of the minaret

Deserted mosque, Vretsia. Look closely. Yes, they are bullet holes in the top of the minaret

You don’t have to dig very deep to find traces of Cyprus’ recent history.

Pre-1974, villages tended to be ‘Greek Cypriot’ or ‘Turkish Cypriot’. So after the events of 1974, the majority of the Turkish Cypriots left in what had become the Greek Cypriot area fled north, leaving their homes behind. The houses – and in many cases entire villages – remain against the day they’ll return.

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Venetian Bridges, Paphos Region

Posted by admin On August - 24 - 2008
Kelefos Bridge, one of three Venetian Bridges in Paphos Region, Cyprus

Kelefos Bridge, one of three Venetian Bridges in Paphos Region, Cyprus

The hidden Venetian bridges in Paphos Forest are testimony to the Venetians rule from 1489-1571.

The bridges formed part of the old camel trail, built to aid the extraction of anything valuable the Venetians could find on the island, for example copper from Pera pedi.

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Polemi Concentration Camp

Posted by admin On August - 23 - 2008
Polemi Concentration Camp. For who, and why?

Polemi Concentration Camp. For who, and why?

This one is a bit of a mystery. Polemi Concentration Camp? Who were the inmates? Why were they held? How long were they held?

The camp is easy to find.  It’s on the edge of Polemi, just after you turn off the main Paphos to Polis road at Stroumbi towards Polemi and next to SODAP’s Kamanterena Winery.

We have two theories. One, it dates from the times of the island’s struggle for independence.

Second, Cyprus was a staging point for Jews on their way to Israel after the Second World War. In both cases, the British ran camps in Cyprus.

Click here to see more pics of the camp.

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Paphos Archaeological Park

Posted by admin On August - 18 - 2008
Saranta Kolones - church of the 40 columns in Paphos Archaeological Park

Saranta Kolones - church of the 40 columns in Paphos Archaeological Park

Paphos Archaeological Park is one of those ‘must-visit’ places if you’re on holiday in Paphos.

Or so it’s said…

If you’ve any interest in history, it’s great. If you haven’t, it’s dull.

It may be a World Heritage Site, but virtually nothing is done in terms of interpretation.

And the Guide Book is about as interesting as watching paint dry.

So unless you’re a wizz on Roman history, chances are the kids are going to get bored.

Here’s what you’ll see at Paphos Archaeological Park…

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