Cyprus at a glance
Cyprus represents the heritage of a country endowed with a history of over 10,000 years. The passing of 10 millennia has made this small country an endless banquet of history and has given an incredible rich heritage and enviable culture. The fact that UNESCO has included in its official World Heritage List, the Sanctuary of Aphrodite, antiquities of Paphos, Neolithic settlement of Khirokitia and ten Byzantine churches in Troodos, gives an indication of the rich cultural heritage of the island.
Significant historical personalities such as Alexander the Great and Cleopatra have connected their names with the Island. Aphrodite, the beauty and love Goddess, was born in Cyprus and her name identifies with that of the Island (Kyprida).
Despite the fact that in its history of many centuries, it faced many conquerors, Cyprus developed and for thousand years maintained its culture, assimilating any type of influence. Cyprus, remained the center of the Hellenic culture with a few distinctive characteristics.
With the passing of years, the distinct identity and character of the Cypriots has been formatted as well. The people of Cyprus are characterized by, their progressiveness, education and open-heartiness. They are also known for being hard-working and condescending. A well known characteristic of all the Cypriots and especially of the people living in the countryside, is their genuine hospitality.
Today, Cyprus, a modernized country and harmonized in the European family, constitutes through its historical and ancient heritage, a living evidence of the routes of the European culture. Its people have succeeded to combine its proud ancient history and cultural heritage with an ultra-modern infrastructure and a cosmopolitan lifestyle.