Sites Visited: Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute (CAARI) and the Cyprus Museum
Leaders: Dan and Nat
Today we spent the day in Nicosia, the capital of Cyprus. We had a reception at the Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute (CAARI), which enticed most if not all of us to work there for a summer or a year or… you get the idea. Afterward, we headed to the Cyprus Archaeological Museum. This museum might have been one of the most impressive so far in terms of contents, running the gamut from prehistoric stonework and pottery to Archaic sculpture to Roman work. One of the most exciting aspects of the museum was that many artifacts came from sites that we had seen this week!
During the afternoon, everyone split up to explore the city. Some of us went to a museum of Cypriot coinage, others went to Turkish baths, and others explored architecture in Northern Cyprus. Walking into the North was a surreal experience because even though crossing the border only took a few steps, the other side was like a whole other world. As the last divided city in Europe, Nicosia has tons to offer! Tomorrow we all head to the North to check out some sites and a monastery.
Nat, Dan and the Fam