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Famagusta / Ammochostos / Magusa

The siege and the fall of the city to the Ottomans in 1571 is depicted in the maps in G.Fr. Camocio and G. Rosaccio' s editions (1574, 1598). The works of H. Beauvau (1615), Ol. Dapper ("Archipel", 1688) and L. Deshayes de Courmenin (1624) include views of the city and its walls.

The editions by J. Peeters in the late 17th century (1686 and 1690)  exalt the victories of the Holy League in the Ottoman-Venetian wars. The plates show cities, ports and other locations in Austria, Southeastern Europe, the eastern Mediterranean and places in Asia all the way to India and Saudi Arabia.

The edition by G. Bosio / P. de Boissat (1659), in the latter's translation contains a few engravings showing the cities in which the Knights Hospitaller were most active. Those illustrations are in fact variations of plates already published in popular travel and cartographic editions of the era.

Approximately a century later, the city and port come to life in the realistic representations of the paintings by C. de Bruyn (1714). Al. Drummond's edition (1754) depicts antiquities of the city. Finally, the port index by J.Roux, of the early 19th century, shows the coastline from Larnaca to Famagusta. In the nineteen century, T. J. Ellis (1879) depicted the ports of the island as well as monuments, other sights and activities of the locals in his unique style, at the time when Cyprus had just come under British control. The material included in the travel account of E.F. Deschamps (1898) is especially interesting, as it gives a vivid image of space, monuments and people in the early years of British rule.

Written by Ioli Vingopoulou