In the Palace of the Archbishop can also visit the library and research center. But the private apartments of Archbishop Makarios can be seen if only a very lucky: they are opened for tourists rarely.
Today it attracts tourists with an observation deck with great views of the surrounding countryside, and survives to this day in the cellars wine cellars of the Knights of St. John. It was here first appeared legendary Cypriot wine Commandaria.
An ancient legend says that it was there that loved to take water treatments goddess of love, youth and beauty Aphrodite once settled on the island. It was also a meeting place for the beautiful goddess with her lover Adonis. But Artemis, learning about the secret relationship between two lovers decided to kill Adonis. Locals say that the blood of the murdered boys turned into beautiful roses and tears of Aphrodite rose anemones. Goddess so grieved about his favorite, Zeus took pity on her and decided that Adonis will come back every year for eight months for his beloved, and four months will be carried out in the underworld. This is what has become a symbol of the changing seasons - decay and rebirth of nature in Cyprus.
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Official language: Greek and Turkish.
Cyprus (Greek. Κύπρος, tour. Kıbrıs, Eng. Cyprus) – the third largest and third most populous island in the Mediterranean Sea. Geographically belongs to Asia. Cyprus is situated in the eastern Mediterranean at a distance of 380 km from Egypt, Syria 105 km and 75 km from Turkey. The island stretches for 240 km from east to west and a maximum width is 100 km from north to south. Area – 9251 km².
The tourism industry – one of the main articles of the national income. She is responsible for the Cyprus Tourism Organisation (Cyprus Tourist Organization, CTO). This sector employs a significant portion of the population, and income brought in by tourism is the main source of foreign currency in the budget of the republic. Over the last 4 years the number of tourists visiting Cyprus increased by 29% and profit from tourism – 40%.
Nicosia (Lefkosia) – the capital and largest city of Cyprus. It is located in the center of the island, and divided the “green line” (from the English. «Green line») – a buffer zone between the southern and northern Cyprus. The northern part of the city is also the capital of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.
The second largest city in Cyprus – Limassol seaport, founded in Byzantine times.
Of the resorts of Ayia Napa in Cyprus is the center of the club life, along with Ibiza, and focuses mainly on young people. For a family vacation is mostly Paphos and Protaras. Limassol beaches are covered with dark sand mainly of volcanic origin. The beaches of Ayia Napa and Protaras different white sand. Paphos coastline, mostly rocky. Paphos is included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is also known for the fact that it is located near the bay of Aphrodite. According to legend, in this place of the goddess of love and beauty born of the sea foam.