Nicosia District Things to Do

  • Venetian coats-of-arms over the entrance
    Venetian coats-of-arms over the entrance
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    Buyuk Han exterior
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Nicosia District Things to Do

  • Green line

    Nicosia Things to Do

    Nicosia is the last divided capital of Europe and the Green Line is the line that divides the island it between the north (theTurkish Cypriot part) and the south (its Greek Cypriot counterpart). There are a few passages, with "real" borders between the two sides: the one I used is the Lhedra Palace Hotel check point - which is a pedestrain only...

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  • Churches

    Nicosia Things to Do

    This is a special church in Nicosia. There is a miracle attached to the church which is interesting reading. For an explanation go to the web site mentioned here, (so I am not accused of cutting and pasting.) No photography is allowed in the church unfortunatly. Well worth a visit though

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  • Venetian Walls

    Nicosia Things to Do

    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 defences of the era, they proved to be practically useless: The Ottomans overran the city before the construction could be completed.

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  • Mosques

    Nicosia Things to Do

    This ancient church is the chief mosque in the northern state of Cyprus, and the great festivals of Bayram and other Moslem gatherings are conducted here. It was formerly the cathedral of St. Sophia which was built in the period 1209 A.D. to 1228, over the ruins of a previous building. Only recently, in 1976, have the ruins of the ancient building...

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  • Buyuk Han

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    Buyuk Han dates from 1572...one of the earliest Ottoman public buildings. It is a magnificent example of a 'han'; a travellers' innn, with accommodation and stabling. Guest rooms were on the second floor, stabling and food/drink on the lower. Both floors are now used for craft and handowrkshops......not cheap, but well worth exploring. In the...

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  • Belediye Pazari

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    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 lively and untouristy market, where you can buy mostly meat and vegetables. The apples we bought were very delicious and... massive. The market is...

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  • Archbishop's Palace

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    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 foundation of Cypriot independence. His return to the island, celebrated by thousands of cheering Cypriots, marked the end of colonialism. He is a...

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  • Venetian Column.

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    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 been quarried from the temple of Jupiter at Salamis, lay in the grounds of the Sarayönü mosque for several centuries.

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  • The Bedestan - St. Nicolas

    Built in the Byzantine era near the end of the 12th century the Bedestan or St. Nicolas Church is now in seriously bad condition due its destruction during Cyprus' civil war. However, through a partnership between the EU and the UNDP it is now being reconstructed. This will be an important step in rejuevinating the downtown of the Turkish side of...

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  • buyuk khan cultural centre

    The Buyuk Han or alternatively Bueyuek Khan Cultural Centre is located in the Old Town of Nicosia in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus or N. Cyprus for short. Originally built in 1570 it is an example of Ottoman-Turkish architecture. Essentially, it is a massive stone fort built for protection against the many invaders to have swept through...

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  • bueyuek khan cultural centre

    Inside the fort in the courtyard you will find a café and restaurant, as well as shops and art & crafts along the outer walls. On the upper floors are some museum exhibitions. It is located centrally in old town Nicosia and easy walking distance from town square, Famagusta gate, St. Nicolas, the Bedestan and the municipal market. In between you...

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  • antiques, collectibles & junk

    Just walking around doing the tourist thing we saw a lot of antique stores with some really neat stuff. I am not sure whether everything is a genuine antique and as I was not really in the mood for shopping, I did not want to stop and haggle over prices and then end up not buying anything anyway. However, next time when it is a little warmer and I...

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  • the old municipal market

    This unauspcious entrance way hides a treasure behind its walls. The municipal market built in 1932 is full of sights and smells which will delight you. Basically, it is built like many indoor markets which were essentially large, unheated structures just to keep the wind and the rain off the shoppers and stall-holders. It reminds me very much of...

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