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
    Buyuk Han exterior
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  • Churches
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Nicosia District Things to Do

  • Green line

    Nicosia Things to Do

    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 crossing over the green line is nonstop mostly from tourists. Even Cypriots have to present their passports to cross this line something that I found...

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  • Churches

    Nicosia Things to Do

    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 converted into a mosque.

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  • Mosques

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    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 one of the best preserved buildings, as it still serves Muslim prayers actively. The building is noted as being the largest and the finest temple,...

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  • 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 architecture at its very best. I can admit that its atmosphere carried me. Although it is set up for tourists it is done tastefully and it is a nice...

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  • Venetian Walls

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    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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  • 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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Nicosia District Hotels

  • Asty Hotel

    The rooms are somewhat comfortable but some of the staff were not nice to my wife and I. We had not...

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  • Makris Hotel

    48 A Mamantos, Kakopetria, 2810, Cyprus

    Satisfaction: Poor

    Good for: Families

  • Classic Hotel

    I stayed at the Classic hotel twice several years back before renovations. The hotel is in the...

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  • The Mill Hotel

    Milos St.8 (P.O.Box 11533), Kakopetria, 2810, Cyprus

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Cyprus Hilton

    I spent 3 memorable nights at the Hilton a couple of weeks ago. There was no way that I would get to...

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  • Linos Inn

    34 Paleas Kakopetrias Str., Kakopetria, 2800, Cyprus

    Satisfaction: Terrible

    Good for: Solo

  • Centrum Hotel

    The stay was Very Much Like Staying with Friends. - Cypriot Hospitality at its Best! I spent 3...

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  • Almond Business Suites

    Almond Business Suites introduces the fresh and innovative concept of European Business Boutique...

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  • Crown Inn Hotel

    13 Philellinon Str, Ayios Andreas, Nicosia, 100, Cyprus

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

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