THE ANNEX BLOGCHARM & CONTRAST IN CYPRUS – 15 PHOTOS OF THE DIVIDED ISLAND – 12.11.14

During his years in Cyprus, Joachim Sartorius, author of The Geckos of Bellapais, witnessed the Mediterranean island in all its colours. Below is a photographic portrait of Cyprus by Dick Elbers, which includes some of the places Joachim encountered.

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A sign announcing the UN Buffer Zone separating the Greek Government of Cyprus-controlled area in the south and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus-administered area in the north.

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Hala Sultan Tekke, a Muslim shrine near Larnaca dedicated to Umm Haram, the Islamic prophet Muhammad’s wet nurse.

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The ruins of the gymnasium of Salamis, an ancient Greek city-state founded by Teucer, who could not return home to the island of Salamis because he had failed to avenge his brother Ajax.

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A British phone booth. From 1878 to 1960, Cyprus was a de facto part of the British Empire.

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Kolossi Castle, a former Crusader stronghold built by the Knights Hospitalliers in 1454.

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The Kamares Aqueduct, built by 1747 by Bekir Pasha, who served as Ottoman governor of Cyprus in the 18th century.

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Nicosia International Airport, which stopped operations following the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974 and now mainly serves as headquarters for the UN peacekeeping force.

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A vintage bus in Omodos, a village known for its annual wine festival, cobblestone paths and stone-built monastery.

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An old Coca-Cola ad in Paphos.

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Kantara Castle, which is believed to have been built by the Byzantines in the 10th century as a lookout post against raiding Arabs.

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Kykkos Monastery, founded around the end of the 11th century by the Byzantine emperor Alexios I Komnenos and lying at an altitude of 1318 meters.

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A view of the lush plains of the northwestern tip of Cyprus.

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The Monastery of Panagia Kanakaria with the Lythragomi mosque in the background.

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The medieval Castle of Paphos, originally built as a Byzantine fort, it served as a fortress, a prison and even a warehouse for salt during the British occupation of the island.

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Stavrovouni Monastery, which houses a piece of the Holy Cross and was founded by St Helena, mother of Constantine the Great, in the 4th century.