The history of Cyprus may be one of invasion and conquest, but it is one of rich cultural heritage. Cyprus has been invaded and colonized by a succession of peoples: Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Venetians, Turks, and, late in the nineteenth century, the British.
In this rich land, the muezzin’s voice broadcasting from the minaret may well awaken you with a summons to prayer, just as the bells of the Christians’ churches are commanding you to do the same. A visit to Nicosia, the capital, will bring you to a world that is both Islamic and Christian, both Islamic and Mediterranean; it is also a land that seems never to have forgotten its illustrious ancient past. To visit Cyprus is to visit a very rich and dense intersection of culture and history. This book presents glimpses of that culture, through its history, art, and architecture.