The nationalities of the peoples that have lived on Cyprus have left behind a mosaic of their cultures and creeds. The result of which is that stretching from the 5th to the 21st centuries the two main religions are Eastern Christian Orthodox and Islam, the many churches and mosques scattered across the island are testament to these two faiths, and both have been here for many hundreds of years.
The arts and crafts are a legacy of the various conquerors and the people they brought with them. From the earliest simple clay utensils to exquisitely decorated ceramics; the silk trade that was once so prolific; lace-making of such exquisite intricacy that the finest product has become synonymous with Cyprus; weaving of many different textiles into wall hangings, carpets or furniture coverings. This is all part of Cypriot culture and has been developed by its ethnic peoples. It belongs to both of them irrespective of their religion.