As it possesses at least three important ports on the maritime routes of the Eastern Mediterranean, Cyprus was included in all printed isolaria already in the 15th century. Furthermore, all pilgrim chronicles were illustrated with views of its ports.
The siege of the island by the Ottomans and related military events are the subjects of several engravings. From the 18th century onwards the main antiquities of the island were drawn or depicted in travel works, while in the 19th century a multitude of British travellers visited the island and legated diverse images (engravings, water colours, photographs, drawings etc.), including many scenes from everyday life in Cyprus.
Written by Ioli Vingopoulou