The archaeological sight of Soli is located about 1.5 hours drive to the west of Girne. Dating back to the 6. th Century BC, Soli was one of the approximately 10 city-kingdoms of Cyprus. Most of what you can see today dates back to the roman period. In particular the ruins of a very large 5.th century basilica with its splendid abstract as well as animal mosaic floors are of interest to the visitor. It is here that you will find the famous “swan mosaic” of Soli. The mostly rebuild small theatre above the basilica offers a fine view over the bay of Güzelyurt.
Story: The area surrounding the sight was and still is, rich in copper ore and has been mined since the ancient times until the outbreak of the war in 1974. You will notice the derelict remains of the abandoned American “Cyprus Mining Corperation” right next to the road when you drive towards Soli.