Meeting in CyprusComenius project2012-201413-18 May 2013Be smart,be safe
Page 2 (bs)2/ Meeting in CyprusThe Swedish Team will have a beautiful day by beach!14:25 arrival of the Croatian team; welcoming andtransportation to School; meeting with host families;teachers’ transportation to the hotel.16:25 arrival of the Italian team; meeting with VarvaraMichael; enjoy a coffee while they will be waiting for theFrench team.17:55 arrival of the French team; welcoming andtransportation to School; meeting with host families.19:3Ο All teachers meet at School premises for dinner.Καλώρ ήλθαηε ζηην ΚύπποKalos ilthate stin KiproWelcome to CyprusMonday, 13th May
(bs)2/ Meeting in Cyprus Page 3Teachers Students8:00 BreakfastMeeting with the School PrincipalGames to get to know each other9:30 Opening ceremony: Traditional festivals11:00 Teachers’ meeting for theprocedure of the works of the projectStudents’ Workshops about e-safety byCyberethics13:30 Teachers’ lunch at schoolpremisesStudents’ lunch with host families17:00 Afternoon tour in Nicosia; visit the Gate of Ammochostos; visit a paintingsexhibition; stroll around Chrysaliniotissa area; walk down Ledra’s street.20:30 Dinner at a down town tavern Dinner with host familiesTuesday, 14th MayNicosia is the capital and the largest cityof the island of Cyprus; it is also themain business centre. After the collapseof the Berlin Wall, Nicosiastill remainsthe only divided capital in the world, withthe southern and the northern portionsdivided by a ‘Green’ Line
Page 4 (bs)2/ Meeting in CyprusTeachers Students8:00 Breakfast at School premises Creative activities8:15 Attend an English LessonWorkshop : produce material forpublication9:30 Teachers’ meeting for theprocedure of the works of the project11:00 Demonstration of a Traditionaldish11:00 Production of recycled paper13:00 Lunch at school premises 13:35 Lunch with host families18:30 A football game, dancing, singing, and barbeque at the schoolyardWednesday, 15thMayLatsia Gymnasium was founded in1991. This year 562 students attendthe lessons and 71 specialisedteachers are appointed here by theministry.
(bs)2/ Meeting in Cyprus Page 5Teachers Students8:00 Breakfast at school premises Creative activities8:30 Teachers meet for the works of theprojectWorkshop [A]: publish on the website anonline newspaper9:00 Meeting the Mayor of Latsia10:30 – 17: 00 Excursion in the mountains of Cyprus; visit Agios Nicolaos Stegischurch; picnic for lunch at Platania forest ; visit Kakopetria village21:00 Dinner at a traditional tavern FreeThursday, 16th May
Page 6 (bs)2/ Meeting in CyprusTeachers Students8:30 Breakfast at school premises Creative activities9:30 – 17:30 Excursion to Limassol;visit the archaeological sites of Chirokitia andKourio; closing ceremony and certificates at Kourio ancient theatre; lunch at arestaurant; a stroll in Limassol town20:30 Dinner at a local restaurant inLatsiaFreeFriday, 17th MayLimassol is the second-largest cityin Cyprus. It is the largest city ingeographical size, and Limassolmunicipality is the largest and mostpopulous of the island.
(bs)2/ Meeting in Cyprus Page 704:00 meet the Croatia team at school;transportation to the airport06:00 meet the French and Italian teams at school;transportation to the airport18:00 meet the Swedish team at school;transportation to the airportSaturday, 18th MayΚαλόηαξίδιKalo taxidiHave a safe journey backhomeBon Voyage
Page 8 (bs)2/ Meeting in CyprusThe Welcoming Ceremony will focus on TraditionalFestivals. So, be prepared for a small presentation(5-7 min) on a traditional festival of your town orcountry.During morning sessions, all students will beinvolved in creative activities. Therefore, we wouldlike you to ask them in which activity each wouldprefer to take part:1) Graffiti – only one student from each team willparticipate. He/She has to bring a draft with him/her onthe subject «be smart, be safe»2) Theatrical game3) Dancing lesson4) SportsOur main task in Cyprus will be the publishing ofeverything that we have dealt with during this year.For this reason it is obvious that you have to bringwith you ( on a USB) any texts or photos on thefollowing subjects1) The trip to Croatia2) The trip to Sweden3) The day of safety on the Internet4) Activities with the parents’ or the communityengagement5) Forwarding the programme to mass mediaSummer is a reality here in Cyprus! Don’t forget tobring light clothes, walking shoes, and certainly yourswimsuits!TRADITIONALFESTIVALSMeeting in Cyprus
Page 10 (bs)2/ Meeting in CyprusNicosia Downtown TourFamagusta Gate, the most significant of the gates of Venetian Lefkosia(Nicosia), opened onto the road that led to the most important harbour townof the island, hence its name. It was originally known as ‘Porta Giuliana’ inhonour of Giulio Savorgnano, the engineer who designed and erected theVenetian walls. The gate has an impressive façade and consists of a largevaulted passage with a large domed room in the middle, 10.97 metres indiameter. On either side of the passage are oblong rooms for the guards.Liberty Monument was erected in 1970 and represents the Greek Cypriotsliberation from the British Colonial Rule. Two heroes are opening the prisongates to release 14 citizens.Archbishops Palace a religious, national and political monument, the OldArchbishop’s Palace is an 18th century two - storey building in the heart ofLefkosia (Nicosia) that is closely associated with modern Cypriot history. Nextto it is the new Archbishop’s Palace, a two - storey stone building in Neo -Byzantine style housing the offices of the archdiocese and the residence of thearchbishop. It was built by Archbishop Makarios III between 1956 and 1960 andalso houses the Byzantine Museum and the Library of the Archbishopric. Sincethe completion of the new Archbishopric, the Old Archbishop’s Palace has housed the Folk ArtMuseum and the National Struggle Museum.Omeriye Mosque is located near the main Municipal Market within the walledcity of Lefkosia (Nicosia). The door of the main entrance belongs to theoriginal 14th century building. This consists of a nave (41x11 metres) and wasinitially covered with cross vaults. The church would have initially been about15 metres high, making it the most imposing building of medieval Lefkosiaafter Agia Sofia. The architecture of the building is generally simple, withheavy exterior facades and buttresses. The vaulted entrance preservesappreciable sculptural decoration. Remains of a later, Renaissance addition to the building canbe seen on the northeast. The roof and superstructure, roughly to the height of the windows,was destroyed by Ottoman cannonades during the siege of Lefkosia (Nicosia) in 1570. After thecity fell, the Ottomans rebuilt the walls, added a wooden roof, plastered the interior and addeda minaret. Mustapha Pasha converted the building into a mosque in 1571. The name of themosque is associated with the 7th century prophet Omer who, legend has it, visited Lefkosia onhis way to Egypt, and spent the night in the porch of the ruined church.
(bs)2/ Meeting in Cyprus Page 11Faneromeni Church dates from 1300 AD and was rebuilt in 1872/3. Thename, which means ‘that which is revealed’ is related to a Legend based onwhich the icon of Panagia (Virgin Mary) had been stolen during somerenovations and was then revealed itself following a vision. During theOttoman period, the Turks tried to transform the church into a Mosque. It issaid that this was unsuccessful in the end because all people who wereappointed mysteriously died after they were appointed.It used to be thelargest church in Lefkosia (Nicosia). The marble mausoleum to the east of the church containsthe relics of the bishops and priests executed by the Ottomans in 1821.Laiki Geitonia is a traditional neighbourhood inside the city walls. Houseshave been restored to remind the traditional, old Nicosia. It is apedestrianised area with buildings date from the 18the century and acombination of residential houses, art shops and tavernas.Ledra Street is the main shopping street in South Nicosia and symbolizes thedivision between the North and South Nicosia. Traditionally, Ledra Street wasthe main shopping street of the capital, although in recent years it has beensuperseded by more accessible streets further out from the centre.Properties on the street are largely for commercial use and command someof the highest real estate prices on the island.The street leads off Eleftheriasquare, runs in a South to North direction and is about 1 km long. Most of it lies within the areaeffectively controlled by the Republic of Cyprus while a short stretch at the northern endbetween the UN buffer zone and the intersection with Arasta Street and Girne Caddesı fallswithin the Turkish occupied part of Nicosia.Onasagorou Street is a major shopping street in central Nicosia that runsfrom Eleftheria square to Faneromeni School. It has been a fashionableshopping street since the 19th century and is currently the home of manyhigh-priced fashion shops. Onasagorou Street is 0.3km long. OnasagorouStreet was the location of the richest Cypriot houses during 19th and early20th century. During the late 20th century the street became abandoned dueto the prosperity of Ledra Street which was becoming more popular, andhosting more businesses.
Page 12 (bs)2/ Meeting in CyprusExcursion to Troodos MountainsChurch of Agios Nikolaos tis Stegis (St. Nicholas of the Roof),Kakopetria, is situated in a central area of the Troodos mountain range,in the upper Solea valley. It is built on the west bank of the riverKlarios/Karkotis, at a distance of about two kilometers southwest of thevillage of Kakopetria. In 1985 it was inscribed on the UNESCO WorldHeritage List which includes nine other painted Byzantine churches of theTroodos range. The church of Agios Nikolaos tis Stegis "Saint Nicholas ofthe Roof" near the village of Kakopetria belonged to a monastery. It is completely painted withmurals dating from the11th to the 17th centuries and is considered one of the most interestingByzantine churches on the island. The church took its name from the steep, pitched timber roofthat was built to protect it from the weather.Platania picnic site, a few kilometres north of the village of Kakopetria,is a popular site in Cyprus. It is a peaceful place where you can have arest or a stroll under the beautiful plane trees. Facilities include picnictables, a restaurant and children’s play areas.Kakopetria The beautiful green village of Kakopetria constitutes one ofthe most favourable destinations of both Cypriot and foreign visitors.Kakopetria is built on the foothills of the Troodos mountain region and isapproximately 55 kilometres away from the capital city. It stands at analtitude of 667 metres and it is the highest village in the Solea Valley.The community has about 1,200 permanent inhabitants and a couplehundred more who either have a summer house or are originally fromkakopetria but work in Nicosia. It is surrounded by thick forestland and isbuilt on the banks of the Kargotis and Garillis Rivers. The two rivers join within village itself andform the river Klarios, which crosses the Solea Valley and empties into Morphou Bay. It is avillage which will charm you with its numerous sights and magical scenery. In the Old part ofKakopetria one can see the popular architecture houses, the cobblestone alleys and the Museumsof the village. Furthermore, it is worth spending time enjoying the forest of Kakopetria byfollowing one of its Nature Trails, as well admiring some more of its sights such as the old watermills and the ‘Married Couple’s Rock’.
(bs)2/ Meeting in Cyprus Page 13Excursion to LimassolChoirokoitia Neolithic Settlement. The ancient site of Choirokoitia datesback to the 6th millennium BC. It lies in the domain of the village fromwhich it takes its name in the Larnaka (Larnaca) district on the west bankof the Maroni River overlooking the south coast, 6 kilometres from thesea. Included in the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage list since 1988,Choirokoitia is one of the best preserved settlements of this period inCyprus and the Eastern Mediterranean. The settlement’s only entrance – a stairway integratedwithin a stone massif that lay against the exterior face of the settlement’s enclosure wall, canbe traced for more than 180 metres. Perfectly functional as an entrance and exit, this stairwayprovided a solution to the problem posed by the fact that the settlement stood 2 metres higherthan the surrounding area. Protected by this wall, the houses were crowded together, separatedonly by narrow strips of land that were used as passage ways and for the disposal of rubbish.Each house consisted of a compound of several buildings with a circular ground plan, groupedaround an open space, a kind of small inner courtyard. The dead were buried in pits inside thehousing units. No cult place was found in the village, the population of which is estimated atsome 300 inhabitants.Kourion Archaeological Site One of the most spectacular archaeologicalsites on the island, Kourion was an important city kingdom whereexcavations continue to reveal impressive new treasures. Notedparticularly for its magnificent Greco - Roman Theatre, Kourion is alsoproud home to stately villas with exquisite mosaic floors and an earlyChristian Basilica among other treasures. Originally built in the 2ndcentury B.C., Kourion’s awe - inspiring theatre is now fully restored and used for musical andtheatrical performances. The House of Eustolios, consisting of a complex of baths and a numberof rooms with superb 5th century A.D. mosaic floors, was once a private Roman villa before itbecame a public recreation centre during the Early Christian period. The Early Christian Basilicadates to the 5th century and was probably the Cathedral of Kourion, with a baptistery attachedto the north face. The House of Achilles and the House of the Gladiators also have beautifulmosaic floors. The Nymphaeum, dedicated to the water nymphs, is an elegant Roman structure.The 2nd century A.D. stadium is located outside the main Kourion site, about 1kilometre to thewest on the right hand side of the road to Pafos.Limassol The Promenade in Limassol became a huge hit withholidaymakers for its great view of the sea, beaches and the palmfringed surroundings, with a backdrop of a long and slender sea shoreand cooling water parks it creates a delightful atmosphere for adultsand children alike. The bustling streets flanking the seaside trail has aunique appeal of its own, it’s packed with cafes, restaurants, trendyEnglish style pubs, vibrant nightclubs and a wide range of shops selling almost everything fromsouvenirs to the latest trends.