Varosha (Maraş), a suburb of Famagusta, was abandoned when its inhabitants fled in 1974 and remains under military control

Operation Antila – The Turkish Invasion of Cyprus in 1974

Legend claims that Cyprus was the home of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, and it could be said that, throughout its history, a succession of amorous empires including the Assyrians, the Persians, the Egyptians, and the Romans lusted after the Mediterranean jewel. However, by 1570, the Ottoman Empire, more familiar to us as Turkey, …

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