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GIOVANNI MARITI
Travels in the Island of Cyprus
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• CHAPTER XVI. JOURNEY FROM THE VILLAGE OF CITTI TO THE CITY OF LIMASOL. KEEPING along the coast west of Citti, at no great distance from the sea, you see the village of Mazoto, which takes its name from the cape close by. I need not describe this, nor other places along the road, which leads to the torrent Vasilo-potamos, 25 miles from Citti. Vasilopotamos is a Greek word, meaning the Royal River : they say the stream was so named when Helene, mother of Constantine the Great, landed there on her return from Jerusalem. Its ancient name, as we find it in old maps, was Tezio. It was one of the four large streams in the island, and hence perhaps the name Vasilopotamos. About three miles from the sea, on this very river, was a city called Marium, which gave its name to the village Marin, which rose out of its ruins. Marin still keeps its name, though it is oftener called Vasilopotamos or St George, from a church and convent of Greek monks a little way off. There are many carob trees about it, and in summer vessels come here to load the fruit, but in summer only, because captains find the place at other seasons too open to the winds, and too dangerous for their ships. Twelve miles from Vasilopotamos is old Limasol, so called by the Greeks to distinguish it from the other Limasol, of c. M. т. 6

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