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SIR SAMUEL WHITE BAKER
CYPRUS AS I SAW IT IN 1879
page 436

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Vrhich precious relic was sent to Constantinople, and in return the Emperor confirmed the Church of Cyprus in its absolute independence, and gave the archbishop the above privileges. "1 ι St. Paul and St. Barnabas visited the island A.D. 45, and the conversion of Sergius Paulus, the proconsul at Paphos, by their preaching, was the first seed of Christianity implanted in Cyprus at the period when [the inhabitants were steeped in heathenism ; but some |φί the superstitions at present existing are hardly less idegrading than pagan rites, and in the kissing of the Virgin's cave at Trooditissa for the purpose already described, we can trace an affinity with the ancient worship of Venus. 1 Savile's Cyprus, p. 142.

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