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Black and white images of the unrecognizable Limassol seafront!

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The sea is the mother of all of Limassol. It has become a part of the city's identity, and its character, its people, and their way of life have all been shaped to a large degree by the close proximity of the sea. Limassol's relationship with this large expanse of blue has evolved over the past decades, altering the city's image, especially that of its most characteristic location, the seafront. 

When the British occupied the island in 1878, they decided they wanted Limassol to be the main port, and thus laid the foundations for some drastic changes to the coastal front. Though the city was reminiscent of an enclosed fortress during the Ottoman period, with building walls reaching the shore, this began to change at the start of the 20th century. A passage began being constructed between the city's buildings and the sea, which eventually evolved into the seafront road. 

Looking back at the seafront and the Old Port area (which was the first and, for many years, the only harbor of the city) over the decades, you will see just how far this area has come. Where once only sailors and merchants could be found, today the area has been turned into a destination for relaxation and recreation for all.

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The pedestrian seafront road began to take shape during the third decade of the 20th century, initially hosting a few humble cafes and 1-2 leisure centers. The lighting of the road, the operation of hotels and the overall development of the area was the impetus for further upgrading the area. 

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After the island's independence, and with Limassol exhibiting its potential to be transformed into a business hub, extensive works on the coastal pedestrian road brought it even closer to its present form. The works for the creation of the seafront park at the start of the 21st century thus brought to completion the image we all know and love today. 

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These 12 black and white photos offer a glimpse at the Limassol seafront road that is very different to what it is today, so much so that it is almost impossible for anyone to believe it once looked this way. 

Photos: Limassol Historical Archives, Lemesou Mnimes, Limassol Municipality

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