Officially called the Republic of Cyprus, the country is an island state with the third-largest population on the Mediterranean. It is bordered by Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Palestine, Egypt as well as Greece. Its capital is also its largest city called Nicosia. Historically, the earliest human activity that was found dates back to the 10th millennium BC and it is believed that Mycenaean Greeks were settled in the land back in the 2nd millennium BC. Due to its strategic location, it was occupied by various empires including Assyrians, Egyptians, and Persians.
Interesting Facts about Cyprus
- Cyprus is home to some of the oldest water well across the word.
- The area was seized by Alexander the Great in 333 BC.
- It is believed that Aphrodite – the Greek Goddess of Love – was born in Cyprus.
- Despite being an island nation, people in Cyprus do not fish.
- The shape of country is that of a cigar pipe.