Heritage

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Cyprus has an immense heritage built on a long and varied history. Due to its location, it has been subjected to numerous invasions from Europe and the Middle East. Therefore the heritage of this wonderful nation is seeped in the traditions of cultures long past.

heritage61-300x165Evidence of these cultures are spread across the island, from archeological sites to modern traditions. Any avid historian can find a wealth of information in the many museums and archeological sites. Equally, keen photographers can find a wealth of subject matter in the archeological sites across the mountains, and plains of Cyprus.

In addition, the coastal hills contain fossil relics from the pre-historic eras

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Also of note is the strong connections of Cyprus to the metal copper. Some of the first known copper mines were located on Cyprus.  During the bronze age Cyprus was a significant exporter of copper and bronze. This is demonstrated by the recent location of the ancient shipwreck at Uluburan dating from about 1400 BC containing some 10 tons of Cypriot copper ingots! In fact, the Greek word for copper is derived from the Greek name for Cyprus, Kiprus.

Today the dominant culture is Greek. Indeed Cyprus has very close affiliations with Greece, to the point where Greek Independence Day and “Ochi” Day are also celebrated in Cyprus. The main languages are Greek and English, but predominantly Greek.