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GIOVANNI MARITI
Travels in the Island of Cyprus
page 84

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8o Citti [CH. XV middle of the village is a large and deep well of excellent water, the work of Chiarione de Lusignan. One can go down to the bottom of it. Opposite it stood an old fortress ; on a part of its foundations the Turks have built a square tower, to which the inhabitants, the women especially, retire, when they fear the descent of Christian corsairs on the coast. Beyond the village is a stone bridge of several arches, with sluices, no longer in repair, which during the rains allowed the water to flood the fields, and turned it again into the river, when they had been watered enough. Much cotton was grown here; now the land is more used for wheat, barley, and mulberry trees. The yield of silk is abundant. Near the sea are a few country houses, belonging to merchants in Larnaca. It may not be the pleasantest of resorts, but at least it is the nearest to their homes in the town.

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