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About twenty kilometres north of the city of Limassol, at an altitude of 410 meters above sea level, stands Apsiou. The river Garyllis flows at the foot of the village. The gardens that surround the village, with the vines across, mixed with the olive and locust trees as well as the forest that's north-east, compose a unique picturesque landscape. Apsiou is connected by road to the main Limassol - Kalo Chorio road in the west, with Louvara in the north, with Fasoula in the ...
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The ancient theatre of Kourion stands on the south end of the steep seashore of Kourion. It consists of a semi-circular orchestra that was fenced on the side of the sea by the decorative facade of the stage's structure, which elevated behind the foreground (proscenium) where the performances took place. Only the foundations are extant from that segment. In the cove of the theatre stood the tiers, one row over the other, admitting 3500 viewers. An arched corridor, around the back ...
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East of the theatre and higher up on the hill stand the remains of a palatial building that includes bath installations of a small size but very well equipped and decorated. The Annexe (House) of Eustolios, as it is known, dates back to the beginning of the 5th century AD, when Christianity had already prevailed in the city. Upon this high and sunlit venue, the building had an excellent view over the fields and toward the sea. The entrance was at the west side. On the left, right ...
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The Nymphaeum of Kourion, which is one of the largest and most imposing monuments of its kind in the entire area of the Mediterranean, consists of one huge central structure -the Nymphaeum itself (45 X 15 metres) -surrounded by several rooms, of which only a few have been unveiled along its south side, built entirely with large, hewed lime-stones and decorated with elaborate architectural members, the main building of the Nymphaeum, which had both a decorative as well as a functional character, divided ...
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Cyprus Articles [ Captain of stranded ship still on board ]

Captain of stranded ship still on board

Bejay Browne

ONE MONTH on, the large commercial ship which ran aground in Paphos during bad weather on December 8 is still stranded on the rocks, and the captain is still on board.

According to Peyia police the vessel - which was on its way to Rhodes from Limassol when it was grounded - is still stuck on the rocks, and they have no idea if or when it will be removed.

A Peyia police spokesman told the Sunday Mail: ”As far as we are aware it hasn’t yet been decided if the ship will be moved or not, the owners of the vessel are currently discussing the matter with the navy’s commercial department.”

The ship is stranded 15 metres from shore in Paphos’ Sea Caves area, and concern over the precarious position of the vessel is mounting.

“I’m sure there will be storms, and I’m worried that the ship will become dislodged and cause serious problems,” said Peyia resident Monika Bleckson.

“I pass the ship every day and I can’t believe weeks later that it’s still there. Action must be taken to move it; we don’t want another wreck in the area. It will create another eyesore.”

Further along the coast the Honduran-flagged Demetrios II ran aground in stormy seas in 1998. Plans to scuttle the wreck were shelved last year after a study revealed it had deteriorated into a rust bucket and must now be removed.

After the latest incident the ship’s captain and first engineer remained on board the vessel, but the rest of the crew were transferred to a hotel in Limassol. According to police, the captain is now on board alone and will probably remain on board until a decision on the ship’s fate is taken.

The spokesman said: “The captain isn’t vacating the ship, if he did this would mean that anyone could claim the vessel, especially if it’s removed.”

No-one was hurt during the incident in December, but the crew of seven had to be airlifted to safety by a police helicopter.

Police confirmed the ship had run aground due to bad weather, with winds reaching gale force.


(Source: Cyprus Mail)
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