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The film begins while we are in the center of the city where there is the Monastery of Ayia Napa, built in the form of a medieval castle around 1500 AD. We see the traditional, medieval architecture, arches in arcades and windows, a gazebo with a square domed structure, some visitors and the gardens it includes. The monastery is surrounded by a wall and is dedicated to the "Virgin of the Forest".

Some panoramic views of the city's building development with newly built apartment complexes and hotels in order to cover the tourist needs which increased significantly during the 1980s and 1990s.

Views with some kids who pose for the filmmaker and then a centuries-old fig tree. On one side of the yard we see a stone fountain in the shape of a wild boar's head and a child who stands next to it.

Lastly, we see some general views of the coastal side of the city, with stranded boats, sail boats, two women and a part of a rocky shore.


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Bonar, Andrew Graham

HD (1440x1080)



Duration (seconds)

Super 8mm

Creator's description

Near Paralimni is Aghia Napa. Until the Turkish invasion in 1974 this was little more than a fishing village, with a well-preserved medieval monastery, in whose courtyard we are standing now. But after the invasion, and the loss of so many fine beaches and hotels further north, the Greek Cypriots began to develop their south coast. Aghia Napa is one of the fastest growing of the new resorts, with hotels and apartments shooting up everywhere.

But now it’s time for our last look at this sunny land before we return to our post, in grim and cheerless Moscow.
Bonar, Andrew Graham