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Before Cyprus gained fame as the mythical birthplace of the goddess of love Aphrodite nearly three millennia ago, it was known around the Mediterranean for its perfumes, scents that the mighty queens of Egypt coveted.That connection is one of the motivations behind a new perfume theme park nestled in Cyprus' verdant Solea valley, which allows visitors to recreate those ancient perfumes in the traditional way, with replicas of the ancient clay distillers extracting the scents from the locally grown herbs over an open fire.Belgiorno says evidence to the popularity of Cyprus' fragrances is found in a reference to a Cypriot perfume merchant inscribed on 4,000 year-old tablets found in the ancient Greek city of Thebes. Early on in the last century, famed French perfumer Francois Coty created the perfume Chypre French for Cyprus which is one of the seven main perfume groups and the only one that bears the name of a place.
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