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Population ana inhabitant*.
Laraaca is well supplied with water; it is conveyed into the town by aqueducts, and is of good quality, and sufficient in quantity. Should the town increase, and a further supply become necessary, it is worthy of notice that this is one of the places where Gaudry suggests that water might be found by artesian borings of sufficient depth to reach the miocene beds of white marl.*
About 12 miles west of Larnaca is Monte S. Croce. 2,300 feet above the sea; here there is a Greek convent which is much resorted to in summer as a sanatarium, for the heat in the town is frequently very great, though abated to a certain extent by the sea and land breezes, which generally blow at regular intervals.
Building materials of various descriptions can be obtained in the neighbourhood of Larnaca, and it is said that there is no difficulty in transporting them to the places where they are required: this subject is dealt with in Chapter IX.
The only defence possessed by Larnaca at present, is a small and insignificant fort, built in 1625; it is situated at the extreme west end of the Marina, on the right of the custom-house quay, and close to the water,s edge. It is square, roomy, and has strong walls of white .masonry, it is well supplied with water, but is perfectly useless for defence, having no earthen protection, and could consequently be quickly demolished by the fire of heavy naval guns. Its armament consists of eleven long 16-pounders, green with verdigris, and. caked with rust; also four field pieoes used for firing salutes. Many of the gun carriages are broken, and all are cumbersome and rotten. Two of the guns are of English manufacture, and bear the initials G.R. Some of the larger guns are mounted to fire through embrasures, and others are en barbette on the top of the fort, which is reached by a broad zig-zag slope. The only use of this fort to us, is as a barrack, there being excellent accommodation for about 80 men, with officers, quartet's.
The roadstead of Larnaca is described in the chapter upon the Coast, page 67, and full particulars concerning the commerce are given in Chapter XIII.
Limasol is situated on the south coast, in Akrotiri Bay, which is enclosed between Capes Carrubiere and Gata, and is about 42 miles west of Larnaca.
The town contains a 'population of about 6,000 persons, of whom about one-third, and these the poorest class, are Turks; among the Greek population there are several wealthy merchants, who trade in grain, and the wine of the country.
Limasol is generally considered the best situated town in Cyprus, it is more European in its appearance than any other place in the island, and all travellers describe it as comparatively neat, clean, and wholesome, with tolerably well built houses of clay and stone. Limasol has but one street; it is a long line of shops and cafes which run parallel to the beach, and behind it are most of the best dwelling-houses, all standing in gardens. The bazaar is small, and generally closely packed with merchandize; there is a brisk trade in wine, locust-beans, and grain; nearly all the countries which trade with Cyprus have a vice-consul at Limasol.
* "Seologie de L,lle de Ohypre," by Albert Chiudry (1859) page 175. Page 16 of Captain Maurice,s translation of this work.
A great portion of the inhabitants are poor, and their habitations are humble, but still they are not such hovels as are seen in the other towns. There are several Greek churches and a konak, the government building in which the court of justice is held, the prisoners confined, and all local affairs regulated. The gardens ifl, and near, the town are very productive, and the fruits are especially fine.
Much of the water in the town is brackish, but fout miles off Water supply, is a stream from which good and pure water can be obtained; the better class of the inhabitants generally send there for their supply, which is carried in earthenware jars by donkeys. The rivet Garili flows into the sea close to the western extremity of the town, but cannot always be depended upon to contain water.
The plain in which Limasol stands is fertile, and might easily be Surrounding made very productive; it is thickly studded with locust-bean, Or country# carob trees, which also cover the lower part of the hills surrounding the plain at some little distance inland. The vineyards, for which this part of the island is famous, are situated on the southern slopes of Olympus to the north-west of the town. The climate is considered better than that of Larnaca, and it is very probable that Limasol, under British rule, will thrive and increase, and may eventually be one of the most agreeable and best frequented resorts in the island.
The anchorage in the roadstead off Limasol is described in Anchorage. Chapter V.
The only fortificntion is an old Venetian fort, which is a small Defences but massive square structure, with deep subterranean dungeons, and in the centre a deep well, which always contains pure and Cold Water. Its sole armament up to the present time was fouf old guns, honeycombed with rust.
Baffo is situated at the south-western extremity of the island Situation. on the site Of the ancient Nea Paphos, which, under the Romans was the chief town of the western division of the island; but of Description, late years Baffo has been almost abandoned, and has lately been reported to be a ruined town containing not more than 100 inhabitants; scarcely any vestiges of its former importance remain, and the only relic of even the Venetian period is the church of St. George. This locality is famous in ancient history as the favourite residence of Aphrodite or Venus; here was her most celebrated temple, and on a hill near Baffo is a ruin which the inhabitants call the tomb of Venus. During the reign of the Emperor Augustus, the town was destroyed by an earthquake, ahd was afterwards rebuilt. In Paphos, St. Paul converted Sergius Paulus the Roman deputy, and here Elymas the sorcerer, was struck blind
for endeavouring to frustrate St. Paul,s attempts to christianize the people.
The small and unsafe port is fully described in Chapter V.
The ground round, and above, Baffo, slopes gently down to the sea; it is picturesque, and is extremely fertile; mulberry trees abound, and the silk produced in the neighbourhood is the finest in the island. Olive trees here attain great perfection, a good deal of tobacco has also been grown, and is considered to be of excellent quality; a little care and attention bestowed upon the land in this neighbourhood would doubtless be very remunerative.
About one mile north is the large village of Ktima, which forms the Greek quarter; it contains about 1,500 inhabitants and has quite eclipsed Baffo itself as a place of residence. The houses are small, they are built of rough unhewn stone, and each one is provided with a garden. Ldher describes this place as "a little town standing upon raised stone dykes."
The climate of the environs of Baffo is generally stated to be somewhat unhealthy, for in addition to the ordinary mild fevers which are common at certain seasons, other fevers of a more pernicious kind not unfrequently prevail.
The port is commanded by a small and insignificant castle, which was built by the Turks, but has been allowed to fall into a state of ruin.
Situation. Ccrinea, or Kerynia, is a small town situated on the north coast
of the island, about 14 miles by road from Nicosia, and at the foot of the steep slopes of the mountains which here border the shore, and stands in the midst of a beautiful and productive country.
Description. Cerinea is but a small place, and its population is said not to
exceed 800 persons; it has been described as a cluster of old, tall, and massive houses built almost touching the sea, with a fortress, a ruined palace, a mosque, and the mere fragments of a mole and light
HUtory. house. There are however, indications that it was once a large
and fine town, the outskirts abound with ancient tombs, and whereever excavations have been made valuable antiquities have been discovered; its origin has been traced to the Dorian colonists under Fraxander and Cepheus, and it was the capital of one of the nine petty kingdoms into which the island was once divided.
In 1765, we find that the inhabitants of Cerinea under the leadership of Halil Aga, took a very prominent share in the revolt against the poll-tax of 14 piastres which was levied by the governor, Hafiz Mahommed Effendi.
Uoibour. The harbour is described in Chapter V; it is small, and unsafe
during north winds, but is the usual port for vessels trading between Cyprus and the opposite coast of Caramania.
Fortifications. At one time a strong wall surrounded the town, but the greater
Eart of this has now fallen down, and has partially filled the arbour with its ruins; on the east sido stands the castle of Cerinea, a fortress erected, it is said, by the Venetians; it is well built, square in shape, and flanked at each corner by a circular tower. It is constructed of excellent stone, and in the old days must have been a place of great strength, with quarters for a very large garrison. On the north and east sides it is washed by the sea, and is defended on the south and west sides by a deep ditch ;• there is a gate on the west side.
Besides cellars, which were probably used as dungeons, there are two tiers of lofty casemated chambers and a flat roof upon which the guns were also worked; each story of casemates has embrasures, so there were three tiers of fire.
The armament is a strange assortment of old guns; there is one long bronze piece, the exterior of which is sixteen-sided; there, are old mortars for throwing large stone balls, as well as bronze pieces of the time of the Lusignaus, and others which belonged to the Venetians.
General di Cesnola remarks that Cerinea is " almost exclusively Character of inhabited by Mussulmans, who, with the garrison, enjoy a very tne Wiabibad reputation—second only to that of their co-religionists at New tant"' Paphos."
General di Cesnola describes Morpho as a town containing from Description. 550 to 600 houses. It is situated at the western extremity of the Messaria Plain, and near the shore of Morpho Bay. The inhabitants are mostly Christians; there is a large Greek convent close outside the town with a school for 200 boys. Several streams flowing from the eastward supply Morpho with water, and are used for the irrigation of the surrounding fields; much grain is grown in the neighbourhood, and the district is considered one of the most productive in the island; madder roots have been cultivated, and until they were superseded by the Alizarine dye, were found to be very remunerative. The shore of the bay is low and sandy, and is suitable for disembarkation from boats, but, with winds from west to north, there is always a heavy sea rolling in.
The village of Kuklia stands upon the site of the ancient Palss Description. Paphos, and is situated about nine miles south east of Baffo on the road leading to Limasol. Under the Venetians there was a considerable town here, but scarcely anything now remains except a heap of ruined houses, and the pillars and foundations of ancient churches. There are only about 30 small stone houses standing, these are inhabited partly by Turks and partly by Greeks, all of whom are of a very poor class.
Loher describes the place and its vicinity as a " scene of desolation." The surrounding heights have flowering shrubs here and there, interspersed with palms and other trees, but cultivation, appears to be neglected.
Detoription. J}^ ig a small village standing on the site of the ancient
Idalium, on the southern edge of the Messaria plain, and about ten miles south of Nicosia. The river Idalia passes along the northern side of the village, and is a fertilizing agent for the whole neighbourhood. There was formerly a large temple of Venus here, it' is now a mere heap of ruins. General di Cesnola made this, place his summer residence for several years, and praises it very highly. At one time the great forest of Idalium covered this spot, and the country eastward, but now trees are only to be seen close to running water or wells, and in the immediate vicinity of the villages.
The village of Evrikou deserves mention, not on account of its size, but because of its excellent position. It stands in a beautiful valley, 1,700 feet above the sea, amongst fruitful and luxuriant pastures, about mid-way between Mount Troodos and the Gulf of Pentagia or Morpho. The population is about 700, and the inhabitants are a very fine race, supposed to be purely descended from the ancient Greek colonists. The surrounding country is extremely picturesque, and is well wooded with plane, oak, elm, poplar, ash, alder, and other trees. The village is said to be one of the pleasantest places in the island, and is well suited for a summer residence. The valley is well watered and cultivated; it could support ten times the number of its present inhabitants. Mulberry trees and vines are cultivated, and cotton, wine, and silk are sent from here to the markets. Unger, Kotschy, and Von Loher are all loud in their praises of this spot.
The foregoing are the towns and villages of Cyprus, which on account of their trade, situation, population, defences, or association with ancient history, are the most important places in the island; but besides these there are a great number of villages, some of which are populous, and form the chief towns of districts. Appording to Vice-Consul White's report of 1863, the total number of towns and villages in the island was then 605, of which 118 were inhabited solely by Mussulmans, 248 by Christians only, and 239 had a mixed population.
Tbe following are some of the principal villages which have not yet been mentioned: many of these are described in the next chapter, which deals with the principal inland communications of the island.
Lefca, a village near the southern corner of Morpho Bay.
Poli tou Khrysokho, a village near the western extremity of the island, and on the gulf of the same name.
Lapethus, on the north coast, nine miles west of Cerinea.
Kythrrea, famous for its spring, nine miles north-east of Nicosia.
Athienou, on the road between Larnaca and Nicosia, and about