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Architecture of Cyprus

Cypriot Roman Architecture - Roman Ruins in Kourion
Kourion

Despite the incredibly long history, Cyprus's architectural sights are severely limited in scope. The earliest sight is Choirokoitia, which is from 3000-6000 BC, but the sight is rather small. Most of the oldest, and still most impressive monuments are ancient Greek ruins. Among the most impressive of these are those found in Paphos and Kourion.

As an island nation, Cyprus was a center for trade and communication during the Greek period, however as the Roman Empire collapsed, so did much of the communication with the island. For much of history, the architectural styles of mainland Europe ended at the opposite shores of the Mediterranean so Cyprus has very few buildings that represent the Gothic, Renaissance, or Baroque movements. The best example of Gothic architecture is the Selimiye Mosque (1200-1300s, formerly known as the Agia Sofia Cathedral) in Nicosia.

In more recent history Cyprus has embraced the glass and concrete movement as has the rest of the developed world. Much of the country's modern architecture is in this style as many cities look similar to any modern city in Europe or North America.

This page was last updated: March, 2013