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Title For a rewarding travel experience, pay a visit to the Turkish third of Cyprus
Author(s) Henry F. Srebrnik
Related item Canadian Jewish News
Start page 43
Date 2001
Abstract The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) is full of wonderful Mediterranean beaches, historical ruins dating as far back as Neolithic age, impressive medieval palaces and rugged mountains. Soli is one of the 10 ancient city kingdoms of Cyprus and dates back to at least 700 BCE. It flourished in the Roman period due to its rich copper mines - the word Cyprus itself is derived from the Latin word cuprium. The site includes the remains of an acropolis, a royal palace, a Roman theatre and a basilica built in the early Christian era. During Roman times, Cyprus' Jewish community flourished. Jews were particularly active in the mining and export of copper. Both Barnabas and Paul tried to spread the Christian faith in Salamis and Soli, and in the 2nd century CE, a revolt broke out among the Jewish population. They apparently killed almost the entire non-Jewish population of Salamis, resulting in their expulsion from the island.

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