Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Salamis

The Salamis Roman ruins, in Famagusta (Mağusa) Northern Cyprus, are amazingly impressive.

They are in wonderful condition and due to the nature of historical site management in Northern Cyprus it meant that we could walk freely among the ruins and get a real feel for how the Romans lived in this area.  





In 1100BC Salamis was the capital city of Cyprus. Over hundreds of years the island was occupied by the Assyrians, Egyptians, Persians and Romans. The city was destroyed by an earthquake in 76AD and rebuilt.





Some of the most amazing sights at Salamis include the 15,000 seat theatre, along with the Roman baths and the remanence of mosaics, headless statues (after the Romans converted to Christianity they beheaded gods from previous religions) and beautifully tiled floors.


I hope you enjoyed my little tour of the Salamis ruins.