Paphos Street Named After Denmark's King Eric I the Evergood
Nicosia, Mar 26 - The southwestern coastal town of Paphos as of Wednesday has a street that bears the name of Denmark's King Eric I the Evergood, who died on July 10, 1103 on his way to a pilgrim journey to Palestine and was buried in Paphos.
The name of King Eric was announced during a ceremony that took place today in the presence of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Cyprus and Denmark, Markos Kyprianou and Per Stig Moller respectively.
Addressing the ceremony, the Mayor of Paphos said that ''in honoring King Eric we honor the country and its civilization, conveying a message that history bridges peoples, separated by geography.''
Mr. Moller bantering said, ''It is true a lot of conquerors had marched through this country, they conquered it, lost it or gave it back to somebody else. However, the Danes never took it, they just came here to die.''
Foreign Minister Kyprianou stressed the importance of today's ceremony since Cyprus was from the time of Eric's death a bridge between Europe and the Middle East.
''This role but a peaceful one this time we wish to maintain for the Cyprus of the 21st century,'' Mr. Kyprianou said.
The grave of King Eric I has not been located yet and the prevailing theory says that he was buried in the Romeo-catholic temple of Paphos, whose ruins are rescued and are situated close to the archaeological site of the Hrysopolitissa Basilica.