Is this really a museum?

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I start the morning feeling really cultural hence I head for the big museum of town - the Cyprus museum - which allegedly is the best museum not only in town but on the entire island - so I give it a go. The museum has got a great collection of different finds from all the main ancient sites around the island and I can enjoy seeing some things which they have gathered from the old city of Pafos and Kurion. It is always a bit more interesting to go to a museum when you have just visited the actual site the museum is trying to describe.


The collection tells the entire history of Cyprus from the time when man first arrived at the island and apparently led to the extinction of the dwarf elephant and the tiny hippo. The story goes on with the development of still more sophisticated pottery produced either on Cyprus itself or in the countries around the area. The story end with the Roman days of Cyprus and the artwork they left behind which were a lot more sophisticated than the things from the early days of life on Cyprus.


After my little visit to the museum outside the walls I head back for one final stop inside the walls of the walled city - I wanna go to the Ledra Observatory Museum. The museum is placed on the 11th flour which makes it the highest spot within the walls of the city. And the museum is not really a museum it is more a couple of plaque telling a bit of the history of Cyprus up until the present day. The attraction of the place is not so much the “collection” as the possibility to have a look out around the city. And as they point out it is pretty difficult to see any Green Line when you look at the city from above. But they are not entirely right because you can actually see some of the abandon buildings in the UN controlled no man’s land - hence you can sort of see the Green Line it is just not as obvious as it is on the ground and you walk into the dead end streets all over the place.

lorenzmartins says:
really nice blog.. congrats! keep on it..
Posted on: Mar 01, 2009
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