The history of Cyprus starts from 10th millennium BC and the archaeological evidence lays on the village of Choirokitoia with the remain ruins of a neolithic village in the area .
its strategic position brought many conquerors to Cyprus such as the Phoenicians, Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, French, Venetian, Arabs, British , Turks and many others . Cyprus's rich copper resources were very valuable particularly during the Golden Era; The name 'Cyprus' originates from the Latin word Cuprum ( Copper) .
Cyprus gained independence from the British in 1960 and in 1963 it officially was named as the republic of Cyprus and its celebrated every 1st of October .In 1974 Cyprus was divided by the Turkish Troops
Cyprus as a small island have only 4 cities plus 2 occupied by the Turkish Attila . Also Cyprus is the only country in the world with a divided capital .
Cyprus is the third larger island in the Mediterranean sea and the worlds 81st larger .
|OFFICIAL LANGUAGES||Greek 78% , Turkish 12%|
|INDEPENDENCE||FROM UNITED KINGDOM ON 16TH AUGUST 1960|
|EU ACCESSION||1ST MAY 2004|
|TIME ZONE||EET (UCT 2) , SUMMER EEST (UTC 3)|
|AREA||9248 SQUARE METERS|
CYPRUS RELATED WITH GAMES
Many games, particularly strategy ones like Rome total war , place Cyprus (Salamis) as an island of high importance due to its ample trade resources. In addition to this many games feature the ancient Goddess of love, Aphrodite, that she was born in the city of Paphos coming out from the clear sea secured in a shelled mollusk like a brilliant pearl.
Also the big franchise of Assassin's Creed is setting Cyprus as an importand island for one of the big mysteries of the game. Altair after the first Assassin's Creed sets foot in Cyprus to find out what the templars are hiding or trying to find in Assassins Creed Bloodlines which is only for the PSP . Also Microsoft's game Age of Empires online used Cyprus for many missions which actually are the elite missions in the game for both the Greek and the Egyptian factions .