Rich cultural heritage - the main treasure of the people of Cyprus. The identity of the people is reflected in the country's history, and its great history is not interrupted for many centuries. Cyprus - the third largest island in the Mediterranean. It lies at the intersection of sea routes connecting the three continents: Europe, Asia and Africa. The geographical location of Cyprus has played a crucial role throughout the country's history since ancient times. In prehistoric times, 3,500 years ago, sailed to the island of Mycenaean Greeks. They were assimilated by the people who for centuries lived in Cyprus. The island flourished Hellenistic civilization that forever tied Cyprus with Greece. Over the millennia, Cyprus visited a variety of peoples - Phoenicians, Assyrians, Franks, Venetians, Ottomans, the British ... All they have left an imprint on the history of Cyprus p>
In the land of Cyprus once preached the apostles of Christ.. A stay on the island of the Apostles ever associate it with Christianity.
For many centuries, the island held the Byzantine Empire, and this time was marked by the flowering of Cyprus.
Cyprus - is an open-air museum. Tourists can visit the preserved ancient people, ancient Greek sanctuaries, Roman theaters and villas, early Christian basilicas, churches and monasteries of the Byzantine Empire, the Crusader castles, Gothic cathedrals, Venetian fortresses, mosques and British colonial-style building.
In the villages of Cyprus still revere the old rites. The rural population of the island cares for its ancient traditions. Here you can watch the festive ceremony, which are rooted in the ancient history of the people of Cyprus. Among them stand out the carnival and flower festivals. According to legend, Aphrodite, the ancient Greek goddess of love and beauty, emerged from the sea foam near the coast of Cyprus. Many believe that it still protects your favorite Paphos and blessed land "sweet Cyprus". Her presence is felt in a festive atmosphere that prevails on the island, Cypriot beauty of landscapes and hospitality of the Cypriots. In the village of dolls, where kogda-to was a huge temple of Aphrodite, the church is now known as "Panagia Afroditissa».
Warm summer evenings, the immortal lines of ancient Greek comedies and tragedies still echoes from the walls of the ancient theater of Kourion Odeon and Paphos. Their stage regularly hosts theatrical performances. And in September, the island celebrate the feast of wine, it flows like water, and the island is ruled by Dionysos, the Greek god of wine and revelry. In Cyprus, the beautiful medieval sing songs, they come to life the legends of Digenis, the invincible hero of the Byzantine era, and his impregnable Reagen beloved, beautiful queen of the Amazons. Cyprus, located in the most eastern part of Europe, has become a bridge linking different cultures, religions and lifestyles.