References to Eptakomi in historical maps and documents.


History is known through multiple sources – human communal knowledge passed personally from generation to generation, archaeological examination of material objects in or on the ground and through historical documents such as published maps or books.

Eptakomi is well known through this last source of published material. As early as 1754 a foreign reader far removed from Cyprus could have read of Eptakomi by name and seen its position on a map. Earlier records help paint a broader picture of the wonderfully special landscape in which the village sits.

Classical context
Eptakomi sits in area of classical connections. It is a village of the Karpas, an ancient name for the remote eastern peninsula of Cyprus where early Christianity arrived from the close-by Holy Land. At the same time it occupies a distinctive position at the easternmost part of the Kyrenia mountain range where Mount Yioti marks its dramatic endpoint. It is near to Salamis, one of the five ancient kingdoms of the island, whilst its northern limit is defined by the coastline of small bays and beaches upon which the earliest settlers arrived.

The classical site of Αχαιών Ακτή where Teucer (the founder of Salmais) landed is widely regarded to lie a short distance to the west of Eptakomi on the north coast at Galounia.

Early Cartography
The earliest maps of Cyprus typically show only the major classical and Byzantine towns such as Paphos, Limassol, Famagusta, Kyrenia and Salamis. Map evolution during the 1300 and 1400’s was primarily focused at supporting mariners and sea farers. So the importance of places for shipping (such as capes or prominent mountains) influenced what was shown. Cape St Andreas was an early landmark on maps.

Eptakomi Chapel Sites
When the medieval map makers began to record more detail, they charted villages, churches and castles often with equal status. So, for example, Davlos and Ayios Nikolaos were shown as two equal places. There are 8 known chapel sites in the Eptakomi area and these probably relate closely to the seven communities that came together to form Eptakomi.


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