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CYPRUS Crossroads of Civilization

The Embassy of the Republic of Cyprus welcomes you to Cyprus: Crossroads of Civilizations, a significant exhibition of Cypriot antiquities, coins, maps, and icons, presented at the National Museum of Natural History through May 1, 2011.

The exhibition celebrates the 50th anniversary of the independence of the Republic of Cyprus and showcases Cyprus’ 11,000-year history, including some of the latest discoveries from the early era of Cypriot archaeology.

Cyprus’ location at the crossroads of three continents—Europe, Asia, and Africa—and at the meeting point of great civilizations has been a major factor influencing the course of the island’s history. Its history is one of the oldest in the world and has bequeathed to the small island an enormously rich cultural heritage.

Everyone who visits the exhibition will gain a better appreciation of the significant contributions Cyprus has made throughout history. We are pleased that it is taking place in Washington, D.C., at this time, marking 50 years of friendship and co-operation between the Republic of Cyprus and the United States.

Cyprus: Culinary Crossroads of the Mediterranean
Wed., December 8, 2010 at 6:45 p.m.
Culinary historian William Woys Weaver reveals the fascinating stories of Cyprus' food and wine. The world's great civilizations shaped the island's cuisine, and many foods familiar to us today came to us via Cyprus. Tastings will follow the talk.