Cyprus is an island country located in the Eastern Mediterranean, off the coasts of Syria and Turkey. It is the third largest island in the Mediterranean Sea and is home to a diverse range of cultures and landscapes. The country has a long and rich history, with evidence of human habitation dating back to the 10th millennium BC. Today, Cyprus is a popular tourist destination known for its beautiful beaches, ancient ruins, and vibrant cities like Nicosia and Limassol. The country is also home to a number of important religious sites, including the birthplace of the goddess Aphrodite and several important Christian monasteries.