I never cease to be amazed by the wonders this little island holds. Living in the city, I very quickly forget that Cyprus has been inhabited for nearly as long as we track human history. Because of this, there are evidences of ancient life everywhere.
One such site is found in northern Cyprus, in the TRNC, just outside of Famagusta. What at one time was a bustling port city is now an intricate village of beautifully preserved ruins. So old is this archaic Salamis it is believed that Christ's apostle Paul landed there when he came to Cyprus.
I fully expected to see a few freestanding arches and a really killer view of the Mediterranean. I was in no way prepared for what Salamis had to offer. So much of it is still in tact that you need a solid day to wander. We only had about an hour and had to make the most of it. There were roads, columns, an amphitheater, baths, arena, and so much more...and that's just what we were able to see! Throughout the buildings, the ground was still covered by the most beautiful marble mosaics. Sinks stood on their pedestals, baths waited for water. Perhaps my favorite discovery was the gallery of statues. It was breathtaking and mind-boggling. How is it that these beautiful pieces of art can withstand thousands of years of Middle Eastern weather and my bedroom wall can't make it through a rainy season? I just don't get it...
I'm really looking forward to going back at some point as we have yet to visit the temple of the gods! If ever you make it to Cyprus, I highly recommend Salamis.
Just ask for directions before you go. Trust me. You'll need them.