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Last summer (August '95) my wife and I spent three days in Nicosia, Cyprus. We didn't see much of the island but we did eat some good food and saw some beautiful buildings. While there are LOTS of tourists, Americans haven't really discovered the charms of Cyprus. Totally recommended. Here are some of my photos.
Taken from my camcorder. Techinical notes on the photos.
streetcars.jpg By American standards, the streets are fairly narrow and the drivers rather bold!
street1.jpg In the middle of August many Cypriots wisely leave the island. We were told that during the rest of the year, empty streets like this are rather rare.
makarios.jpgMakarios II: archbishop of Cyprios before Makarios the III.
makarios2.jpg Makarios III: The first president of the Republic. Southern Cypriots love this guy! Depending on whether you live in the south or the north, he is a great hero or a reckless saber rattler.
Thanks to Panayiotis Zaphiris for clearing me up on these two Makarios'. He hosts the **CYPRUS** home page. Check it out.
arches.jpg With such an ancient history, there are lots of architectural styles from all over the region.
museum1.jpg With such a short time, we weren't able to explore this museum. Maybe next time!
sewwoman.jpg We observed quite a generational gap. The older generation are the primary keeper of unique Cypriot traditions. The younger generation seems much for European.
streetwindows.jpg I found the upper-story windows facinating. Many had colorful shutters and some had balconies.
windowsold.jpg More windows.
cafeinside.jpg A shot from inside a café
cafewindow.jpg Windows above a cafe.
cafe.jpg This café took up most of the street. In the heart of the old city.
cafetaberna.jpg Another cafe.
churchsteeple.jpg Church steeple
churchinside1.jpg Inside shot of the church.
churchdoorwide.jpg The doors of the church.
churchdoorclose2.jpg A relief above a church door. I assume this is a symbol of Jesus Christ, the lion.
churchdoorclose.jpg Better shot of above.
churchinside2.jpg Inside a church
churchicons.jpg The iconic tradition is highly respected. You can even buy icons at the local airport!
churchmary.jpg An icon of Mary
churchjesus.jpg An icon of Jesus
churchangel.jpg An icon of an angel
churchgreek.jpg Greek text in a church. I could read a little!