Lapta ( Lapethos ) - Northern Cyprus
One of the unspoilt village in North Cyprus is Lapta, used to called Lapethos. After the successive Arab raids in the seventh century AD the inhabitants of Lambousa gradually moved inland and –carrying some of the stones of their house as well-founded Lapithos on the mountain terraces overlooking the sea.The settlement flourished during the Lusignan rule and its population reached to some ten thousand people.Excavations in the area have revealed a Chalcolithic settlement which is thought to have utilized the local copper deposits,and Iron Age chamber tombs.
The present day settlement is one of the most fertile villages pn the island,owing this to its abundance of water gushing from Başpınar spprings from some 280 m above.The rushing sound of water,which has been the most precipus commodity on the dry islandi,can be heard all over the area.The village is famous for its extensive lemon and orange groves.
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