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Casinos in Cyprus

Casinos in Cyprus

The debate on whether to open a Casino has been going on for decades. The biggest opponent has always been the Church of Cyprus who feared that opening a casino would destroy family life in Cyprus. It seems that finally the pros and cons have been weighed and the pros of having casinos in Cyprus have won. It is true to say that most Cypriots are born gamblers and it is inevitable that some families will suffer, but the government cannot be responsible for their woes. It makes economic sense to open the casinos as they will be contributing to the increase in tourism and to the economy of Cyprus as a whole. The other plus is that these casinos will create new jobs for the Cypriot community.

Casinos in Cyprus

Casinos in Cyprus

The debate on whether to open a Casino has been going on for decades. The biggest opponent has always been the Church of Cyprus who feared that opening a casino would destroy family life in Cyprus. It seems that finally the pros and cons have been weighed and the pros of having casinos in Cyprus have won. It is true to say that most Cypriots are born gamblers and it is inevitable that some families will suffer, but the government cannot be responsible for their woes. It makes economic sense to open the casinos as they will be contributing to the increase in tourism and to the economy of Cyprus as a whole. The other plus is that these casinos will create new jobs for the Cypriot community.

Casinos in Cyprus

Casinos in Cyprus

The debate on whether to open a Casino has been going on for decades. The biggest opponent has always been the Church of Cyprus who feared that opening a casino would destroy family life in Cyprus. It seems that finally the pros and cons have been weighed and the pros of having casinos in Cyprus have won. It is true to say that most Cypriots are born gamblers and it is inevitable that some families will suffer, but the government cannot be responsible for their woes. It makes economic sense to open the casinos as they will be contributing to the increase in tourism and to the economy of Cyprus as a whole. The other plus is that these casinos will create new jobs for the Cypriot community.

Religion in Cyprus

Religion in Cyprus

Religion in the controlled areas of the Republic of Cyprus can be broken down as follows:Orthodox Christians 89.1%Catholic 2.9%Protestant or Anglican 2%Maronite, Armenian 1.4%Islam 1.1%Buddhist 1% Atheist or Unknown 2%Most Greek Cypriots, which make up the majority of the population, are members of the Autocephalous Greek Orthodox Church. If you take the whole population of the Republic of Cyprus, over 73% are Christians. Turkish Cypriots who live in the occupied north of the island are officially Sunni Muslims. Apart from these large communities you will also find Baha’i, Jewish, Protestant, Anglican, Catholic, Maronite and Apostolic minorities living in Cyprus. The Greek Orthodox Church uses the Greek liturgy and is one of the oldest Eastern Orthodox autocephalous churches since achieving independence from the Patriarchate of Antioch in 431A.D. The first bishops to hold ministries in Cyprus were Apostle Lazarus and Barnabas after the resurrection of Christ. The Church of Cyprus is recognized by the ecumenical patriarch of Constantinople but retains its autonomy under its own archbishop. The founder of the Greek Orthodox Church in Cyprus is considered to be Apostle Barnabas and there are countless churches in every city and village, 67 monasteries and 16 Bishops who are ruled at this time, by the Archbishop Chrysostomos II. The Orthodox religion recognizes seven sacraments, namely baptism, confirmation, the Eucharist, matrimony, ordination, last rites and funerals.Although there are many small denomination churches that have sprung up all over Cyprus below are the details of the larger congregations.

Kourion- the Ancient kingdom of Cyprus

Kourion- the Ancient kingdom of Cyprus

The Kourion or as it is sometimes known, the Curium, is situated in Episkopi in the district of Limassol. Today this area is well maintained and managed by the Cyprus Department of Antiquities. The Kourion was an important ancient city on the southwest coast of Cyprus and has a limestone promontory which is almost 100 metres high. The earliest occupation of this settlement can be traced back to the Ceramic Neolithic period which was established during the Cypro-Geometric period in 1050 – 750 BC. Bellow the bluffs of the Kourion are the burial sites of the Kaloriziki necropolis which date back to the 11th century BC. These tombs provide a picture of a prosperous community with ties to mainland Greece. The kingdom of Kourion was at the time, one of the most influential in Cyprus even though the island came under the rule of the Egyptians and the Persians over this period.

Cypriot Folk dancing

Cypriot Folk dancing

Cypriot folk dances have been carried forward through many generations and are hundreds of years old. The traditional Greek Cypriot dances are a heritage that has kept tradition alive and many of these dances are still taught to students in Cypriot schools. Some of the dances are centered on special occasions like weddings and feast days and others have their origin from mythology. Cypriot dances have a few similarities with Greek dancing and the biggest difference is the music that accompanies these dances which is almost always a violin. In times gone by there were separate dances for males and females and they were kept apart, today you will find both men and women dancing together. The men’s dances were usually more robust and dynamic in comparison to the women’s dances that were slower and more sedate.  

International students studying in Cyprus

International students studying in Cyprus

There are thousands of students from different countries currently furthering their education in Cyprus. Part of the appeal for these international students is that they can receive a quality education in a safe and friendly environment at an affordable price. The enviable Mediterranean climate and the rich culture of Cyprus is also a huge plus. Cypriot students also benefit from the international students who bring a diverse cultural dimension to the student body. Many long lasting friendships have been formed which have later enhanced the relationships between the different countries. Cyprus offers higher education of excellent standards at all their colleges and universities. The largest higher education institutions are in Nicosia with smaller branches in Larnaca, Limassol and Paphos. Thousands of foreign students are currently studying at University of Cyprus.  Located in the nation’s capital, the University of Nicosia is a global educational centre with 20% of its 5,000 students coming from abroad, representing over 60 different countries in a multicultural learning environment that promotes friendship, cooperation and understanding. The main language of education in Cyprus is English which makes it easier for international students. Cyprus is also located at the crossroads of Europe, Asia and Africa which makes the island easily accessible to many countries.

Living in Nicosia

Living in Nicosia

Nicosia is the capital of the Republic of Cyprus and also the administrative, commercial, educational, religious and cultural centre of the island. Geographically, Nicosia is situated in the centre of the island and is linked to all main towns and cities by a modern highway system. As a low tax destination, Cyprus offers an attractive package to anyone who wishes to live on the island. You can enjoy the benefits of island life in the Mediterranean and take advantage of the many incentives offered for business or leisure. Nicosia offers the sophistication of living in a cosmopolitan city and also offers old year charm with its abundance of historical sites. Although Nicosia is not a coastal town, it is only a half hour drive away from the glistening blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea. For those who prefer the cool air of the forest, the stunning Troodos Mountains are only a short drive away.

Limassol Marina

Limassol Marina

Limassol has always been considered to be the most cosmopolitan city in Cyprus. It is also a well-known international business centre with its bustling port and off-shore companies. Limassol has a dynamic history, evidence of which is easy to see in the well preserved archeological sites and buildings, in and around the city. Just outside Limassol are blue-flagged beaches with an abundance of water sports and a plethora of activities. The promenade is popular with cyclists and the closeness of the Troodos Mountains offers nature trails which for both hikers and bikers can enjoy. Limassol is surrounded by quant villages ready to be explored as well as wineries on the outskirts of the city which offer free wine tasting. The appeal of this city has been enhanced by the addition of the impressive new Marina which has a lot to offer with an impressive array of excellent restaurants and retail shops. Limassol is said to be the city that never sleeps and it has a rich and entertaining night life on offer.

Real Estate Limassol

Real Estate Limassol

The cosmopolitan lifestyle of Limassol and the cultural diversity, together with the excellent Mediterranean climate make this city an excellent choice, if you are considering buying a residence in Cyprus. If you are looking for peace and tranquility you can choose from a diverse selection of homes near the coast just out of Limassol town centre. If countryside living is your thing, you can choose areas like Souni or prime residential areas in Limassol, like Ayios Athanasios, Sfalagiotissa and Kalogyroi. These are exclusive sought after areas of Limassol that offer luxury residences high up on the outskirts of town and have amazing sea and mountain views. Limassol is also a huge business centre for large corporations with the draw being the largest port in Cyprus and the impressive Marina. Limassol also boasts an excellent choice of public and private educational establishments and health care facilities. The new Marina with its promenade, restaurants, shops and cafes is a close to the town centre and wherever you are in Limassol you will be able to take advantage of the motorway with its connections to all major cities in Cyprus. For those who like a quieter lifestyle, the picturesque Troodos Mountains with its boutique wineries and quaint villages are a fantastic excursion and close to Limassol.

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