The birthplace of Venus, Cyprus
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The birthplace of Venus, Cyprus

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The place where goddess Venus was born, according to the Greek mythology...

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Images à proximité de Cyprus

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A: Aphrodite birthplace

Par Nico Winkler, à 20 mètres

Aphrodite birthplace

B: Aphroditefels2

Par Nico Winkler, à 70 mètres

Aphroditefels2

C: Birthplace of the Greek goddess of love - Aphrodite

Par Dmitriy Krasko, à 120 mètres

Birthplace of the Greek goddess of love - Aphrodite. According to legend, she emerged from the sea fo...

Birthplace of the Greek goddess of love - Aphrodite

D: Oreites Windmills Park

Par Kirill Makarov, A 9.3 km

The wind farm at Oreites is the first ever built in Cyprus. It's located near the Oreites forest, on ...

Oreites Windmills Park

E: Panagia tou Sinti ruins, Cyprus

Par Julia Avanesova, A 19.2 km

Panagia tou Sinti Monastery (Greek: Παναγία του Σίντη) is an abandoned orthodox monastery near the vi...

Panagia tou Sinti ruins, Cyprus

F: Seven St. George

Par Evangelos Theofanous, A 20.0 km

Seven St. George Geroskipou is a series of carved tombs, one of which was converted into a church of ...

Seven St. George

G: Agia-Salomonis-

Par Nico Winkler, A 22.3 km

Agia-Salomonis-

H: Port de Paphos

Par Romain Calvetti, A 22.4 km

Port de Paphos attire des visiteurs toute l'année. Le quai est bordée de restaurants, de tavernes et ...

Port de Paphos

I: Chypre 08

Par Romain Calvetti, A 22.4 km

Chypre 08

J: Chypre 02

Par Romain Calvetti, A 22.4 km

Chypre 02

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Goddess of love, blow us kisses! Cyprus is home to Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of Love, who arose from the sea as a full-grown (and lovely) woman and sailed to shore in a seashell. It's also the third largest island in the Mediterranean Sea with its geological origins in the fiery heat of volcanic eruption.

The history of Cyprus begins as far back as the Neolithic Age of 7000 BC. Relics exist showing settlements to the north and south coastlines. The first Greeks came to the island around 1400 BC, Mycenaean merchants who brought Hellenistic influences with them.

Between the time of the Greeks and the arrival of the Romans, Cyprus was conquered by Assyria, Egypt and Persia. Alexander the Great claimed Cyprus for his empire as of 333 BC, and it became part of the Roman Empire in 58 BC. It became the first country to be governed by a Christian when St. Paul experienced conversion there.

After the fall of Rome Cyprus was annexed into the Byzantine Empire, with Constantinople for its capital. This situation lasted until Richard the Lion-Hearted arrived in 1191 on a Holy Crusade, conquered the island and sold it to the Templars. Since they were basically wiped out at the start of the 14th century, Cyprus turned to Catholic feudal control and stayed that way until 1571, when the Ottoman Empire invaded and took reign. With this came the expulsion of Catholicism, introduction of Islam and the return of Greek Orthodoxy.

The Ottomans kept power until the end of WWI, when Britain assumed administrative duties over the island. As of 1925 it was declared a Crown colony, and in 1955 there began an armed rebellion against British rule.

The Republic of Cyprus was granted independence by the British in 1960. It joined the European Union in 2004 although dispute remains over who controls it. Right now there are four sectors. The biggest one belongs to the Republic of Cyprus; Turkish Cypriots occupies one third of the island (to the North), the United Nations has control of the border between these two, and Britain hold two sovereign naval base areas.

I'm not sure Aphrodite would approve of all these squabbles. Then again, she did have that brawl with Persephone over who got to live with Adonis the heartbreaker...

Text by Steve Smith

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