Photographer's Note

In the restaurant in Nicosia, close to the cathedral-mosque.

The Cyprus cat is a landrace of domestic cat believed to be descended from cats of Egypt or Palestine brought to Cyprus by St. Helen to rid the island of snakes and vermin. It is not recognized as a formal breed by any major cat fancier and breeder organization.

he Cyprus cat is linked with the Byzantine monastery peculiarly named "St. Nicholas of the Cats" (Greek Άγιος Νικόλαος των Γατών), which was founded in the fourth century AD. It is located near Akrotiri (village). According to Byzantine legend, St. Helen imported hundreds of cats from Egypt or Palestine in the fourth century to control venomous snakes that had infested the monastery. The monastery had two bells, one to call the cats for meals and the other to send to the fields to hunt snakes. The monastery's population of cats once dwindled but has now revived thanks to the resident nuns.[2]

The Nobel Laureate, Giorgos Seferis, wrote of the Cyprus cat in his poem, "The Cats of St. Nicholas" translated by Edmund Keely and Philip Sherrard in 1995.

I have read in one blog, that if you do not like cats, you should not go to Cyprus. There are 1,5 million furry animals on the island, most feral. I love cats so for me it was great to see a lot of cats cats everywhere. But I realize that it is a great problem. Female cats multiply at fast rates – a female cat can get pregnant as young as four or five months old, and can give birth two to three times per year.

Sorry for the picture to big. It was my mistake.

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