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The fishing village Ayia Napa (Gazimagusa)
The old fishing village Ayia Napa is worth a visit. Even though the city has become a great tourist resort, it has kept much of its original identity, to the delight of both tourists and inhabitants. Some of the sights of Ayia Napa are the Middle Age monastery and the church from the 16th century.
The village Dhernia (Gazimagusa)
You will find three churches in Dhernia, the oldest one, the Ayia Marina church, at the top. It goes back to the 15th century. The church is particularly interesting because of its many icons.
The village Paralimini (Gazimagusa)
The village Paralimini has been made the main city of the area by the Turkish troops, which has kept half of Cyprus under occupation since 1974. If you are interested in beautiful sights, you should take a closer look at the Virgin Mary Church, which dates back to the 13th century.
Ayios Lazaros Church (Larnaca)
One of the greatest attractions in Larnaka is the Ayios Lazaros Church, which was built on Lazaros' grave. After his death, Lazaros was aroused by Jesus and then went to Cyprus, where he lived for a number of years until his final death. The church contains a unique example of baroque woodcarving.
Larnaka Fortress (Larnaca)
Larnaka Fortress was built in the beginning of the 17th century and since then it has, among other things, been used as a prison. Today, it is a cultural centre and archaeological museum with finds from among others Kition.
The Kition Excavation (Larnaca)
In the 13th century B.C., Kition was situated just about where Larnaka is situated today. The city has been excavated and visitors can, among other things, see the remains of the impressive walls made by huge black rocks. A block consisting of five temples is also part of the city.
Amathus excavations (Limassol)
According to legend, the pregnant Ariadne was left in Amathus by her husband Theseus after his fight with the Minotaur. The excavations are still taking place around Amathus, which are situated a few minutes' drive from the centre of Limassol.
Kolossi Castle (Limassol)
The Kolossi Castle is situated a bit outside Limassol on the way to Paphos and is a beautiful example of the military architecture of the 13th century. The present appearance is from a partial reconstruction in the 15th century, though. The castle has served as head quarter of several crusaders on their way to or from Jerusalem.
Kourion excavations (Limassol)
One of the most interesting archaeological excavations of Cyprus is situated 19 kilometres west of Limassol on the way to Paphos. The large amphitheatre of the excavation was originally built in the second century B.C. The beautiful Eustolios house contains several baths, rooms and a number of beautiful mosaic floors. Kourion's cathedral and several other buildings have also been excavated and restored to a certain extent.
The Middle Age Museum in Limassol (Limassol)
It is said that the crusader Richard the Lion Hearted was married to Berengaria of Navarro where the museum is situated today. He crowned her Queen of England at the same place. Originally, there was a Byzantine castle here, but in the 14th century, the present building was erected and today it houses a middle age museum.

Area and city attractions

• Gazimagusa
• Larnaca
• Limassol
• Nicosia
• Paphos

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