CYPRUS, the Country on the flag
Although it is impossible to write the history of Cyprus, which begins over 10000 years ago, on half a page, we make this attempt and urge you to read more. By understanding the history it allows you to appreciate the way of life and the culture of Cyprus a whole lot more.
The name Cyprus originates most probably from the Sumerian word “kuber” meaning copper as the island was the main copper provider in the ancient world.
Cyprus has always been a country full of love and war. According to a myth, the goddess Aphrodite who represented beauty and love was born in Cyprus. Latest archeological research showed that the earliest people to be in Cyprus lived mainly on the islands south coast. That was roughly in the year 10,000 BC, however not much is known how they died out. The most interesting thing about Cyprus's early history is that there seems to be a gap between the very first people and the new, who were more settled and lived in 8200 BC.
Generally the history of Cyprus involves people capturing the island, purchasing the island and fighting over the island. Over the ages Cyprus was part of the Greek, Assyrian, Egyptian, Persian, Phoenician, Roman, Byzantine, Arab, French, Italian and Ottoman Empires. In the 19th century Cyprus became a British colony till 1960 when it gained its independent status, with 2 ethnic populations, a Turkish and a Greek Cypriot. Disputes on the constitution in 1962-65, lead to the Turkish invasion in 1974 with 40% of the island being occupied by Turkish armed forces.
In 2004 Cyprus became a full member of the European Union with all the rights and duties of a country within the united Europe.
For more information please visit: http://www.visitcyprus.com
We sincerely thank the Cyprus Tourism Organization and the Cyprus Convention Bureau for supporting this event.