Architecture of Cyprus
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.