Few months back, I went to Cyprus for holidays. Cyprus is half Greek and half Turkish, my mom is Greek, from the occupied Karpazia. So me and a couple friends went on a road trip to see my mom's land. On our way there I was dazed by the view, it was like it was taken from a movie, a war movie to be exact where everything was destroyed, buildings, houses and now it's been left a ghost town with few people here and there. Everything was so surreal, it was like I travel back in time and to a different country (pictures were prohibited at that part).
As soon as we reached, we could breath the fresh air and smell that distinctive smell that comes from the ocean. Even though, we were tired we were also eager to explore and see as much as we could in one day. Karpazia is famous for it's golden sandy beaches, unspoiled forest and unique wildlife.
After half an hour rest we hopped into the car for exploring. As we drove by we could not resist of the breathtaking scenery we had to stop and admire the beauty created by nature. The sea was so blue it looked like it was taken from a painting and the rocks were shaped so weirdly. I was fascinated by every little thing. Even the birds looked different, I saw a little red bird with a pretty long neck, that definitely got my attention. I had a quick glance on where I was standing and I realized that the rocks were actually ruins, it took me a minute to realize it. Everywhere I looked they were little houses and churches, tombs and on the top of the mountain right above me it was something that looked like a destroyed castle.
The city looked like it was built thousands of years ago. It was like a little piece of human history unfolding right before my very eyes. When I went back to the village I asked a local lady who lived in a nearby village, and she seem to know a little bit about the town. What I have learned is that the city was built the 2nd century BC the Hellenistic period, how crazy is that?! The name of the city was Urania but some call it Aphendrika which means "Sky" in Greek. It was one of the six major towns in Cyprus. The churches were built by the Byzantines in the 10th century. It was destroyed by Arab raids, some say that it was destroyed by pirates, I guess, is a mystery we will never solve, well unless we invent a time machine just saying.
It's always nice discovering and seeing things that were created by our ancestors as it's part of our history.
If you know anything more about this city contact me as I would like to know more.By Anna