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SIR SAMUEL WHITE BAKER
CYPRUS AS I SAW IT IN 1879
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sented a shaft of about twelve inches diameter, sunk from top to bottom ; the marble column has been inserted from the top, and has tied each course effectively together ; the havoc occasioned in this tower of solid squared blocks is the work of man ; the stones have until recently been removed for the purposes of building. Kyrenia could never have been a perfectly safe harbour in all weathers, as the entrance is open to the north. There is a slight turn to the east, which might have protected a few small vessels during a northerly gale, but this portion is now silted up, and it should be cleared by dredging. The houses rise above the harbour from the water's edge to the cliffs, forming a horseshoe shape. Mr. Holbeach had just completeda small quay of masonry, and a very moderate outlay would restore the ancient mole and render Kyrenia an important port for the trading vessels of Syria and Asia Minor. When a good carriage-road shall be completed to the capital, Lefkosia, only sixteen miles distant, the value of Kyrenia as a commercial harbour 1 will be much enhanced. There are also important 1 towns with a considerable population within eight or : nine miles of Kyrenia on the west : Carava and e Lapithas would offer markets for a great extension t of trade, and Morphu would be brought within the r same commercial circle. There is a peculiar advantage il throughout the ports of Cyprus in the presence of s stone quarries upon the spot where the material is i required ; this is specially marked at Kyrenia, where r, the solid rock, with its tombs, cave-dwellings, and s ancient quarries, is on the actual borders of the sea, al within a few yards of the existing harbour. There e- would be no great difficulty in converting these

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