Episkopi Cantonment

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Episkopi Cantonment in Akrotiri

Episkopi Cantonment (Greek : Φρουρά Επισκοπή, Turkish : Episkopi Kantonu) is the capital of Akrotiri and Dhekelia, a British overseas territory on the island of Cyprus, administered as a military base. It is located in the northwestern part of the Western Sovereign Base Area (Akrotiri), one of the two areas which comprise the territory. Although it is not the largest of the British military bases on the island, it is home to both the civilian and military administration headquarters of the Sovereign Base Areas. Episkopi is the current command centre of British Forces Cyprus. [1]

Etymology

The word 'Episkopi' in Episkopi Cantonment's name comes from the Greek word Επισκοπικός meaning "Episcopal." The cantonment was named so due to the site previously serving as the bishop's seat of an Orthodox diocese. [2]

Transportation

Paved motorways and other smaller roads connect the cantonment area with the rest of Akrotiri and Dhekelia.

See also

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References

  1. "British forces overseas posting: Episkopi, Cyprus". Ministry of Defence. Retrieved 7 June 2015.
  2. "Europe :: Dhekelia — The World Factbook - Central Intelligence Agency". www.cia.gov. Retrieved 10 June 2020.