Abstract:There are many attractions in Nicosia such as the medieval buildings, churches and museums which illustrate and explain the history and struggles of this lovely little island. Although the capital doesn't have a beach, the city has so much to offer that you won't miss it. Trendy boutiques, excel...
There are many attractions in Nicosia such as the medieval buildings, churches and museums which illustrate and explain the history and struggles of this lovely little island.
Although the capital doesn't have a beach, the city has so much to offer that you won't miss it. Trendy boutiques, excellent restaurants and nightlife and an Old Town full of the most fascinating and interesting places to visit.
Museum Street Monday-Saturday 9am-5pm/Sunday Open: 10am-1pm - Admission Cyprus 2
The museum is the main archaeological museum in Cyprus and houses statues and artefacts dating back to the Neolithic and Byzantine period.
Agios Ioannis Cathedral (St John's Cathedral)
Archbishop Kyprianou Square (Archbishopric), Old Town
Monday-Friday 9am-12noon & 2pm-4pm/Saturday 9am-12noon
The Cathedral was built in 1662 by Archbishop Nikiforos on the site of an earlier building. Since the 18th century the Cathedral has been the place where all Archbishops of Cyprus are consecrated.
Archbishop Kyprianou Square, Old Town
The palace is one of the most popular attractions in Nicosia. It was built by Archbishop Makarios 111 during the struggle for independence and completed in 1961, a year after Cyprus independence in 1960. Outside the palace is a bronze statue of Makarios 111 which was erected in 1987 by Archbishop Chrysostomos.
This monument, which is close to the Archbishopric, commemorates the Cyprus struggle for independence from 1955 - 1959.
Another of the popular attractions in Nicosia is opposite the Archbishop's Palace. It's the oldest grammar school in Cyprus and Lawrence Durrell (author of 'Bitter Lemons') taught here. One of his students was Michalis Mouskos, soon to be Archbishop Makarios 111 of Cyprus.
The Famagusta Gate (now Lefkosia Municipal Cultural Centre), is one of the most interesting attractions in Nicosia. The Venetian walls which completely encircle the old city have eleven heart-shaped bastions (which gives them the shape of a hand grenade). There were only three gates to the city in the north, south and east and one of these gates, the Porta Giuliana called Famagusta Gate, has been restored and is now the Lefkosia Municipal Cultural Centre. The vaulted passage and two side rooms are used for exhibitions, conferences, lectures and various performances, with the passage leading to the moat. One of the most typical quarters of the town close to Famagusta gate is also being rehabilitated.
Visitor centre of the Athalassa National Forest Park
Entrance fees: C 0,50 for all visitors above 6 years old
Attractions in Nicosia: The Visitor Centres general objective is to present the environmental features of the Athalassa Park and to provide information about the Parks values and recreational opportunities offered. It also provides information on selected aspects of the general environment of the broader area of Mesaoria Plain, Larnaka Salt Lake and Kavo Gkreko National Forest Park.
The centre is housed in the building of the old power station which is one of the finest examples of industrial architecture in Cyprus. Its aim is to promote contemporary creativity at its highest level by organizing important and prestigious exhibitions.