Guzelyurt, which means `beautiful country' in Turkish, is aptly named. Situated in the north-west with a population of 12,000; it is a charming little town which is surrounded by citrus groves; their wonderful heady scent is itself a good enough reason for a visit in blossom time.
Underwater springs nourish the apples, vegetables, grapefruit and melons for which the area is also famous. A large proportion of the citrus fruits are exported and the remainder are turned into fruit juice and canned for local consumption and export.
Güzelyurt (Morphou) is also famous for its annual Orange Festival, which is a major event lasting two weeks.
St. Mamas Church and Icon Museum The many valuable historical artefacts are on display inside, which include the Sacrophagus of St. Mamas which according to folklore, was washed ashore and discovered by a peasant in the local bay. In a vision he was told to take the Sacrophagus to the place where it now stands and build a monastery there.
Museum of Archaeological & Natural Sciences contains mainly archeological artifacts from the Bronze Age as well as a section mainly concerned with geology, birds, reptiles, insects and some of the wildlife of the island.
A Bronze Age Settlement The Bronze Age sanctuary at Pigadhes dates back to about 1600 B.C. About 1300 B.C. refugees from Crete brought their property, including the Horns of Consecration, a religious symbol, to the Cyprus alter.
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