• Bulgaria!

    Bulgaria: An old Turkish bridge. Go Now!

    Bulgaria
    The isolated mountains of Bulgaria hide cultural gems around every corner, including this old Turkish bridge in the Rhodopi Mountains. Explore Bulgaria!

  • Italy!

    Italy: Rome' historic buildings. Go Now!

    Italy
    Crumbling buildings in Rome (pictured) only add to the atmosphere in a country where old is redefined and western civilization begins. Explore Italy!

  • Denmark!

    Denmark: Landscape. Go Now!

    Denmark
    From cities like Copenhagen to islands, beaches, and vast fields (pictured), Denmark offers incredible history, architecture, scenery, and more. Begin Your Journey!

  • Czech Republic!

    Czech Republic: Astronomical Clock in Prague. Go Now!

    Czech Republic
    The Astronomical Clock in Prague (pictured) makes every tourist list, but the towns, including Cesky Krumlov, and the mountains offer a change of pace. Go Now!

  • Belarus!

    Belarus: Birch tree forest. Go Now!

    Belarus
    Tucked away and often forgotten in Eastern Europe, Belarus is home to low lands and Birch Forests (pictured) as well as hidden castles and a culture unlike any other. Begin Your Journey!

  • Spain!

    Spain: Guell Park and Gaudi architecture. Go Now!

    Spain
    Fusion foods, lively music, historic ruins, and cultural events like the Running of the Bulls and La Tomatina make Spain and Barcelona (pictured) a favorite tourist destination. Explore Spain!

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