Paralimni is the biggest township in the Famagusta region. Even though most of the neighboring villages and resort areas are deserted during the winter months, Paralimni flourishes and draws many tourists. Since the Turkish military occupation of Famagusta in 1974, this small town has become the momentary administrative center of the region. The twin-aisled domed minster, devoted to the Virgin Mary (Panagia) is festooned with extraordinary 18th century porcelain plates. The church, parts of which belong to the 13th century, houses a small religious museum.