CYPRUS: the east frontier of the Mediterranean Sea
Although it is a small island Cyprus is politically divided in two parts. Since 1974 Turkey controls the north side of the island included half of the capital Nicosia, that is around 38% of the territories. Cyprus Republic is divided in 6 districts: Nicosia, Limassol, Paphos, Larnaca, Kyrenia and Famagusta.
Because of its strategic position between Asia and Europe, Cyprus has known the Hellenic, Roman and Byzantine culture. The Venetians dominate the island for nearly a century leaving their sign such as the walls of Nicosia, designed by architect Savognano. The Ottoman domination and the following English colonial period, complete the cultural picture and the historical richness of the island.
The nice climate together with the beaches, the nature beauty and the archaeological importance of sites such as Pafos and Kourion, make Cyprus to be an important tourist and cultural destination.
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