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Cyprus Museum Nicosia

The first archaeological Museum of Lefkosia was housed in a building on Victoria St. in old Lefkosia, in the occupied part of the town. It was founded in 1888 as a privately run institution to protect the finds that started to come to light during the first legal excavations undertaken during the British rule of the island.

The first law concerning archaeology was voted in 1905 and was the first essential step towards the establishment of archaeology in Cyprus. A committee, chaired by the British governor, undertook the direction of the museum. The continuously growing number of finds from systematic excavations which were mainly undertaken by foreign missions, such as the Swedish Archaeological School mission directed by professor Einar Gjerstad, forced the museum's committee to look for new premises for the exhibition and the storage of the finds.

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Hotels in Limassol Area

Limassol provides every type of accommodation to suit a wide variety of tastes and budgets. Hotels operate all year round and the majority of the 4 and 5 star hotels in Cyprus are found in Limassol. Other than the luxurious hotels on the beach with every amenity, including indoor and outdoor swimming pools, Wi-Fi services, health centers and spas for the most discerning guests, private villas with pools and self-catering apartments are available for those who prefer independent flexibility. Small hotels and accommodations in villages provide yet another option for those who favour tranquility and the picturesque.

It offers an enriched selection of cultural performances, hosts acclaimed international art exhibitions with an enviable collection of top class resorts and a newly created state of the art Marina, attracting yacht enthusiasts and high level visitors. Its outskirts provide a pleasing escape to quaint wine producing villages, with secluded Byzantine churches, quaint monasteries and traditional family owned taverns.

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Hotels in Ayia Napa Protaras

The town of Ayia Napa is situated in the outskirts of Larnaka and has developed into an attractive seaside resort. This was originally a fishing village with its charming medieval monastery, dedicated to ‘Our Lady of the Forests”, which stands in the middle of the village surrounded by a high wall. Ayia Napa means “The Holy Lady of the Forest” and tradition has it that a Holy Icon of the Virgin was found here in a cave during a hunting expedition and thus the first church was carved out of solid rock in her honor later developing into an Orthodox Church.

From being a tiny, sleepy town only a few years ago, Ayia Napa is today one of the most pulsating, vibrant and popular holiday destinations in Europe, and especially known for the fantastic beaches and lively nightlife. The long summer season is ideal for sun worshippers and sea sport lovers, while winter is becoming a haven for nature lovers. Protaras, adjacent to Ayia Napa, provides an untamed natural beauty of Cape Greco and both locations offer a combination of endless possibilities. There are many “to do” things while in this region of the island; either take a cruise, shop, enjoy delicious seafood, relax while sunbathing on one of the many white sandy beaches, hike, bike or walk through nature's trails of wild flowers and fauna. In the afternoons stroll around trendy cafés, pubs and clubs, meet with the locals who talk candidly and open - heartedly about Ayia Napa; blessed with sunshine, beauty and simple traditions.

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Hotels in Larnaca

Larnaca (Larnaka), located in the south-east of the island, is the second commercial port and important tourist destination. Among its attractions is a modern harbour, a large marina, and its seafront promenade called Finikoudes, lined with rows of palm trees, coffee shops, bars and various restaurants. Larnaca can boast for its own contribution to the cultural heritage of Cyprus, with one of the most important ancient Kingdoms of Cyprus, called Kition.

The town’s Salt Lake, nearby the island’s major International Airport, is also a major attraction and a favourite habitat during the winter months for migratory birds, as during the summer the lake dries up and salt is collected. It is also worth mentioning that Larnaka is very close to Ayia Napa and Protaras, two very popular summer destinations offering amazing beaches and a lively nightlife.

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Hotels in Nicosia

Nicosia or Lefkosia located in the middle of the island, is the capital of Cyprus since the 12th century and the island’s principal business centre for well over 2,000 years. Lefkosia remains today the main business and cultural centre and a bustling cosmopolitan city. Remnants of its historical past are seen primarily in the old town located within the Venetian Walls, a fortification built in the mid 16th century to protect from the ever-expanding Ottomans.

The old town is dotted with museums, ancient churches and medieval buildings. Since the fall of the Berlin Wall, Lefkosia is the only capital city divided by force.

A must visit is the Orthodox cathedral at the enclave of the new Archbishopric (seat of the autonomous Cyprus Orthodox Church), Ayios Ioannis church, a small church containing fascinating Biblical wall paintings from the 18th century, including the Last Judgment, the Byzantine Museum, which has the largest and most significant collection of icons in Cyprus from the 9th-18th century and Leventis Gallery with notable art collections.

Another point of interest is the Cyprus Museum, containing a fascinating collection of antiquities from the Neolithic to the Classical Greco-Roman periods, clearly indicating the island’s rich and diverse history, the Green Line, the capital’s dividing line, and the old part of the city by ‘Laiki Geitonia’; a pedestrian area and restored part of the town, that is a paradise for shoppers, with narrow city streets lined with traditional houses, taverns, shops and galleries.

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Hotels in Pafos - Latchi

Pafos is blessed with the cult of goddess Aphrodite who emerged from the sea. Located at the western part of Cyprus, it combines the beauty of the mountains with that of the seashore. Wherever one wanders in Pafos one comes across its glorious history, dating back thousands of years, its culture and unspoiled natural surroundings

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