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From Byzantium to Venice via the Crusaders: Cyprus in the Medieval Period
Fri 2 December 2016, 11:00 – 16:00 GMT
During the Middle Ages Cyprus was a floating fortress defending the sea routes to the East to all comers, while at the same time attracting all comers to their lucrative markets. Not an easy combination for the inhabitants, but the result of some fantastic archaeology, starting with the Crusader Castles at St.Hilarion and the Venetian fortresses like Famagusta, but progressing well beyond it. Cyprus became one of the cultural contact spheres in the Mediterranean, mixing Orthodox, Western Christian tradition with the cultures of the Levantine Traders, whether Jewish, Arab or Turkish, producing some unique architecture paid for by trade, but also the large agricultural production on the island, especially of cane sugar and breadfruit/carob, which in the end attracted both the Venetians and the Turks.