Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
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Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
Cheese. Haloumi is a salty cheese made from sheep's milk.
Troodos. Cyprus's second mountain range the Pentadaktylos (Besparmak in Turkish) is so called because it looks like the 5 fingers of a fist.
Paul. His companion Barnabus was born and martyred at Salamis in N Cyprus.
Aphrodite. Aphrodite sprung fully formed from the foam according to legend. You can visit Aphrodite's Baths near the small town of Polis in NW Cyprus.
Makarios. He fled to Britain in 1974 after a coup in that year.
Green Line. So-called because it was originally drawn on a map in green ink.
Lefkosia. The name comes from the Lefkon trees in the city.
Nicosia. Nicosia is the last divided capital in Europe now that the walls are down in Berlin and Belfast.
Greek. About 82 percent of the population on the island speak Greek. English and Russian are widely spoken.
September 1992. Cyprus occupies a high place internationally in terms of Tertiary Education. There are about 23 students per 1,000 of the population.
t. The average number of hours of bright sunshine for the whole year is 75 percent of the time that the sun is above the horizon.
|What is the name of the animal which is the symbol of the Cyprus republic, and it is also used on its coins?||Cyprus General Facts
mouflon . The mouflon belongs to the sheep family but this species is unique in the world. This interesting and noble beast has long been in danger of extinction, but today is a fully protected animal.
9251. 9251 square kilometres, of which 1733 are forested.
Limassol. Larnaca is the island's second largest commercial port.
Mediterranean Sea. Cyprus is actually situated in the north-eastern part of the Mediterranean Sea.
Paphos . The second largest airport on the island is the Paphos airport, and many historical sites are there.
Troodos. The northern one is the Pendathaktulos. The Bosphorus is a strait separating Turkey, and I made up the other one.
Intrigue. It was said that they came last and that God had nothing left to give them, but they insisted upon a gift.
Ledra Observatory. That is the highest point in Nicosia.
Catherine Cornaro. She was Venetian and was forced to abdicate from her throne.
Greek Orthodox. They are mostly Greek Orthodox in the south and all Greek Cypriot children are brought up strongly in the Church.
Lefkara. It has now become a popular tourist attraction because of this.
Ledra. The principal shopping street in the city is still called Ledra Street.
Beer. Keo is a Cypriot beer, produced in Limassol since 1951. The Keo Brewery was the first brewery to be built on the island. Keo is a lager-type beer, and is very welcome and thirst-quenching when drunk ice-cold on a hot summer day!
Brown. The 1997 note shows a Cypriot girl in traditional costume on the front, and handicraft items and Lefkara village on the back.
|Which animal is said to have been brought to Cyprus to control the snake population?||A Visit to Cyprus
Cat. Legend says that Helen, mother of the Emperor Constantine, first brought cats to Cyprus to deal with the snakes. However archaeological evidence shows that there were cats in Cyprus many centuries before this. A Neolithic burial site revealed the skeleton of a young cat, buried just a few feet away from a human skeleton, which suggests that humans over nine thousand years ago may have kept cats as pets.
Sweet red wine. The Cypriot wine Commanderia is said to be the oldest sweet red wine in the world, produced as long ago as 2000 BC. The name is more recent, dating to the twelfth century when the Knights of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem bought Cyprus from Richard the Lionheart. They gave the name of their Headquarters (Grand Commanderie) to this unique wine with its delicate aroma and started exporting it to Europe where it became famous.
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Kykkos. In 1926 Michael Mouskos, later Archibishop Makarios and first President of Cyprus, went to Kykkos as a novice. The Kykkos monastery was built in 1100 and is dedicated to the Virgin Mary, because an icon of the Virgin and Child attributed to St Luke, was given to a Cypriot monk by the Emperor Comnenos. The monastery is 1318 metres high in the north west Troodos Mountains
Akrotiri. The Sovereign Base Areas were created in 1960 by the Treaty of Establishment, when Cyprus was granted independence. The United Kingdom wished to retain sovereignty over these areas because of the strategic location of Cyprus in the Mediterranean Sea. Akrotiri is the Western Sovereign Base and Dhekelia is the Eastern Sovereign Base (to the east of Larnaca).