In 1928, famous journalists and photographers of National Geographic magazine visited Cyprus to capture the unusually beautiful natural world of the island and the daily life of its inhabitants.
We are publishing photographs taken during the visit of a group of National Geographic journalists to Cyprus in 1928.
In 1952, reporters and photographers of the world famous publication returned to Cyprus again.
The second special project of the popular National Geographic magazine was called: “Cyprus: an idyllic island in a turbulent sea.” The main topics that interested National Geographic were the culture of the Cypriots, professions, the daily lives of local people and the environment.
During the project, great attention was paid to the women of Cyprus – their beauty, courtesy and hospitality were emphasized.
The rarest 1952 color photographs look impressive.

Girls in Famagusta

Since ancient times, in the spring in Cyprus it was customary to decorate houses and shops with flowers. Hundreds of girls in ancient Greek tunics danced with flowers in the streets, as women in ancient Greece did 2000 years ago. In this photo, girls dressed in the ancient Greek style pose during the Flower Festival:

A young woman from the village of Fiti, which is located in the Paphos region of Cyprus, works at a loom. She weaves fabric, thanks to which this mountain village in Cyprus has become famous in many countries. The girl creates an ornament and various patterns with rich, vivid colors from memory. She had to memorize patterns before her mother allowed her to work on a family loom:

The beauty from Famagusta poses in front of the temple door. Such clothes were once commonplace in Cyprus:

A 1952 photograph entitled “Welcome to Cyprus!” A girl from the Cypriot village of Yalusa, located on the Karpasia Peninsula, poses with Cypriot traditional sweets and water. Hospitable Cypriots treat the guests of Cyprus with their special dessert – “Gliko tu kutalyu”:

This 1952 photograph is called the “Castle of St. Hilarion on the slopes of the Kyrenia Range in the sun”:

Women from the village of Yalusa in Cyprus. The tradition of breeding silkworms in Cyprus has a long history. This photo was published under the title “Homemade silk rewards the hopes of Cypriot girls”:

Women from the village of Kornos, located in the Larnaca region of Cyprus, make ceramic vases:

In spring, the beautiful Karpasia Peninsula in Cyprus is covered with flowers. This is the narrowest and most prominent part of the skeleton in the sea, which resembles an extended index finger. This image was titled “The Great Cypriot Finger always points to Asia Minor”: