The holiday island of Cyprus lies at the eastern end of the Mediterranean. Over thousands of years of civilisation, numerous occupying forces and the natural elements have played a major part in the Islanders lives. No natural element has had more important a role than the sea.
The Thalassa museum in Ayia Napa is dedicated to this.
The modern museum can be found in the centre of Ayia Napa, only a short distance from Ayia Napas main square and monastery. The museum has many interesting sea artefacts. For example it has a replica of the Kyrenia ship - a 4th century Cypriot trading ship used for transporting wine, olive oil, almonds and other key Cyprus exports.
Another remarkable exhibit at the Thalassa museum is a replica of a Papyrus raft, this sort of vessel would have been used in about 9000 BC to transport obsidian (a natural form of volcanic glass) from the Greek Islands to the mainland.