Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Up with Geography: Cyprus

Country Name:


None - it's an island in the Mediterranean Sea; closest continent is Asia.

A close-up of Cyprus. I chose not to include the UN Buffer
Zone that divides Turkish Cyprus in the north from Greek
Cyprus in the south.

The nearest neighbors are Turkey to the north, Syria to the east, and Lebanon to the southeast.

Water Border:
Mediterranean Sea

Total Area:
3,572 square miles

Five Largest Cities:
Limassol, Strovolos, Nicosia, Larnaca, Lakatamia

Famous Geographical Point:
Troodos Mountains

Famous Person:
İsmet Vehit Güney, artist, teacher, & creator of the Cypriot flag

Book Set In/About:
The People in Between: A Cyprus Odyssey by Gregory S. Lamb

To connect with the heritage she barely knows, a woman travels to Cyprus, where she learns about her family's history & the conflicts that have plagued the country for decades.

Movie Set In/About:
"Akamas" (2006), directed by Panikos Chrissanthou

Spanning two decades of Cypriot history (1950s-1970s), it's the tale of a Greek (Christian) Cypriot and a Turkish (Muslim) Cypriot who fall in love and get married, facing opposition at every turn. The Cypriot government banned this film from being shown in Cyprus.

Headline of the Day:
"Cyprus Reunification Talks Restart, Tough Challenges Ahead" in The Seattle Times.


Patricia said...

Ah Cyprus, a country which I'm often not sure is a country or a city.

Is this the last C country? Must be, right? I'm excited to see what the first D country is. (She says, ignoring the existence of the informative internet.)

balyien said...

There is one more C country! I'll let you be surprised. ;)

I'm looking forward to moving on. C hasn't been the largest category to date (B was, at 17 countries), but D only has five countries so it'll be nice to have a short category.