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The Turkish military then invaded and took over more than one-third of Cyprus.In 1983, the Turkish-controlled sector proclaimed its independence as the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. The Republic of Cyprus is recognized by the United Nations and other governments, but it controls only the Greek Cypriot areas of the island.However, its followers have lost their religious fervor to some extent.The Church of Cyprus has the same Orthodox traditions and liturgy as the church on the Greek mainland.Today it is visited by skiers in the winter and hikers in the summer. Greek, Turkish, and English are the official languages of Cyprus.They are standard in schools and used by the media.
The major religion of the Greek Cypriot population is Greek Orthodox.Leaders of the two communities have not been able to resolve their problems over the partitioned (divided) island.Following Sicily and Sardinia, Cyprus is the third largest island in the eastern Mediterranean. Mount Olympus, famous as the ancient home of the Greek gods, is the highest point on the island.The name Cyprus comes from the Greek word for copper ( kypros ).The island's rich copper deposits first appealed to the foreign powers from the eastern Mediterranean coast.