Nicosia Things to Do

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  • 1. Green line

    Nicosia is the only divided city in Europe after the invasion of the Turks in 1974. The ‘green line’ is the United Nations buffer zone and divides the north part where Turks live with the south. The...

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  • 2. Churches

    This largest and surviving Gothic style church in Cyprus, that took about 150 years to be built, was officially inaugurated in 1326. After the occupation of Nicosia by the Ottomans in 1570, it was...

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  • 3. Mosques

    The Selimiye Mosque is an architectural masterpiece with a mixture of its old Christian roots and now an Islamic belonging. This used to be a Cathedral, that got turned into a mosque in 1570s. It's...

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  • 4. Buyuk Han

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    This structure used to serve as an inn for locals or a resting location for caravans years back. It was built in 1570 by Ottomans. It is a splendid example of fine medieval Ottoman craftsmanship and...

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  • 5. Venetian Walls

    The capital city is surrounded by sturdy 16th century stone walls built by the Venetians to replace the inadequate medieval walls they inherited. Despite being considered a great example of military...

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  • 6. Belediye Pazari

    The Belediye Pazari is the covered municipal market of North Nicosia. it is also known as "Bandabulya". This market was the main marketplace of the city during the Ottoman period; today it is still a...

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  • 7. Archbishop's Palace

    No ordinary Archbishop lived here, but Archbishop Makarios III himself. His giant black statue overshadows the square in front of the faux Venetian palace he once occupied. Archbishop Makarios was the...

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  • 8. Venetian Column.

    In the centre of the square stands the Venetian Column, which was crowned by the lion of St. Mark until toppled by the victorious Turks in 1570. This granite column, traditionally believed to be have...

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  • 9. Nicosia Walking Tours

    Within the remarkable 16th-century Venetian Walls. Every Thursday at 10:00, visitors can join the Organised walking tour that aims to give an overall picture of...

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  • 10. Inside the City Walls

    Laiki Geitonia is the Traditional Neighbourhood of Nicosia, which in reality is a popular pedestrian touristy area with narrow winding streets combining...

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  • 11. A stroll to the Laiki Geitonia is a Must!

    Laiki Geitonia houses the main Tourist Information Centre, where walking tours of Nicosia start on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays. It is a pedestrian area very...

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  • 12. Turkish Nicosia

    The Turkish side of Nicosia is a fascinating look into a hidden and unrecognised world: the capital of a non-nation. Here everything suddenly feels like Turkey....

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  • 13. Europe's last divided City

    After the fall of the Berlin wall in 1989,Nicosia remains the only divided city in Europe after Turkish Forces invaded the North of the Island in 1974 and...

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  • 14. Hadigeorgakis Kornesios House

    A very attractive building in the old city of Nicosia.The house of Hadigeorgakis Kornesios, also known as the house of the Dragoman. It is a building of the...

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  • 15. Liberty Monument

    This isn't, as you might think, a monument to the liberation of Cyprus from the Turks, but from the British. It still sits uncomfortably with the Turkish...

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  • 16. Hamam Omerye Baths

    One of the most beautiful and well kept Turkish baths in Europe can be found in the heart of Greek Nicosia. The carefully restored Hamam Omerye Baths were built...

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  • 17. Town Hall

    Overlooking Freedom Square, renamed after the Turkish invasion, the Town Hall occupies a prominent, if not central, location. Freedom Square is a popular place...

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  • 18. No Man's Land

    Separating the Greek and Turkish sides of the city is about fifty meters of nostalgia. Frozen in time, every brick, sign, window, beam and slab of pavement is...

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  • 19. Take a stroll and Do some Shopping

    Cross Plateia Eleftherias and enter Laiki Geitonia.. This area has been restored as a sanitized version of an old-fashioned Nicosia neighbourhood. You’ll find...

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  • 20. Drive to the Picturesque Village of FIKARDOU

    This picturesque village is situated 32 km south east of Nicosia, surrounded by peaks of over 1.000 m high.The buildings date back from the 19thcentury with...

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  • 21. Ataturk Meydam

    The central square of north Nicosia..not a huge place, but apparently the main focus of the city's Turkish community for many centuries.It is generally known as...

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  • 22. Wander the streets and look at the details.

    This is the only way to really get a sense of anywhere.As you walk through north Nicosia old town, you'll see so many buildings which are derelict, or...

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  • 23. Mevlevi Tekke

    I really liked this small ethnographic museum, set in a building which was home to the Mevlevi dervish order.The turning floor (big enough for perhaps six...

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  • 24. Dervis Pasa Konagi (Dervish Pasha Mansion)

    Built in the early 19th century, this large courtyard house belonged to Dervis Pasa, the owner of the first Turkish language newspaper in Cyprus.It lies in the...

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  • 25. The Bedestan

    Standing next door to Selimiye Camii, the Bedestan is now restored and opened to the public (using EU funding) and well worth visiting.This was originally a...

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