Soli, Cyprus

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Soli or Soloi (Greek: Σόλοι) is an ancient Greek city in the island of Cyprus, located south-west of Morphou and on the coast in the gulf of Morphou and dates back to about the 6th century BC. Since 1974 the city has lain in the de facto republic of Northern Cyprus. Originally, Soloi was located, in a much constricted geographical location. At his current location, the whole urban center was designed by Solon, after whom the name is, during his 10 year trip. Soloi was one of the ten city-kingdoms into which Cyprus was divided at the time.

What remains today is mainly from the Roman period, most notably the mosaic floor of the basilica with its wealth of birds, animals and geometric designs and a picture of a swan. There is a theatre but it has been restored so much that it no longer has any atmosphere of its original age.

Famous people from Soli:

The city Soloi of Cilicia and solecism

There is also another city by the same name, Soli, Cilicia. The Athenians considered their dialect as uncultured and used the word σόλοικος to refer to incorrect speech, hence the English word solecism[1].

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Coordinates: 35°08′25″N 32°48′45″E / 35.1404°N 32.8126°E / 35.1404; 32.8126


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