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Agios Sozomenos, Cyprus
The remains of a Venetian-style church in the abandoned village of Ayios Sozomenos, a 10 minute drive from the capital Nicosia. It was likely built in the pre-Ottoman period, like a number of the churches in Cyprus. The village was abandoned...
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Agros, Cyprus
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Pyla, Cyprus
My friend gets her quad bike stuck in a bush while driving them around Pyla, the last ethnically mixed village in Cyprus (officially, that is; there are two more - Potamia and Rizokarpaso - but the residents in those are refugees and settlers)....
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Nicosia, Cyprus
On the 'Greek' side of Lefkosia's (Nicosia's) walled city, adjacent to the Phaneromeni Church, is a tiny, abandoned mosque. Just behind it is Mattheos, a quaint little restaurant frequented almost exclusively by locals. The owners serve a...
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38 Ouzounian Street, Nicosia 1010, Cyprus
Kleftiko is an old Greek dish of meat and potatoes whose name literally means "stolen". Back in times of war, scavenging Greeks would steal meat or animals and cook them in earth pots buried underground (don't ask me how) to avoid being caught. At...
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apollonos 27 Nicosia CY 1010, Nicosia, Cyprus
The municipality was all excited about its planned, new, multi-tiered main square... until they came across some uncatalogued ruins once they started digging. As they work around the new discovery - apparently the foundations of the city's famed...
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38 Ouzounian Street, Nicosia 1010, Cyprus
On the last Saturday of every month, the 'Gynaikobazaro' (Women's Market) is held in a side street of the pedestrian Onasagorou avenue. The practice dates back to, well, years before I was born, but it's been resurrected by hipsters. Along with...
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Potamia, Cyprus
I like exploring the abandoned houses and villages that litter central Cyprus. This is in the now 'dead' portion of Potamia, which is one of three remaining bi-communal towns in the country (i.e. one where both Greek- and Turkish-Cypriots live)....
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Nicosia, Cyprus
The walled old town in Nicosia is covered in graffiti dating back to various periods of turmoil in the capital: the 1955 fight for independence; the ethnic conflict of the '60s; and the war and occupation of 1974. On this side street, old and...