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The 1.000 year old capital

It 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 city centre and very old with many shops and tourists love coming here because there is a variety of things to buy.

The old town is actually a picturesque fusion of 16th-century walls, pedestrian precincts, pavement cafes and squares.

When in Nicosia don’t miss visiting the Cyprus Museum. I was astound when I visited it 2 years ago.

The Cyprus Museum

The Cyprus Museum houses the best collection of arhaeological artefacts on the island, inclding a first century AD Roman statuette o Aphrodite of Soli.

Cyprus Museum
Address: Mouseiou 1,
Tel.: (02) 86 58 64
Opening hours: Monday-Saturday 9-17; Sunday 10-13
Priceless and fascinating collections of Cypriot antiquities and treasures from Neolithic Age to Early Byzantine period.

OTHER MUSEUMS TO VISIT ARE:

Leventis Municipal Museum of Nicosia
Address: Ippokratus 17, near Laiki Geitonia,
Tel.: (02) 66 14 75
Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10-16:30
The historical museum of Lefkosia revives life in the capital from ancient times to the present day.

Byzantine Museum and Art Galleries
Address: Archbishop Makarios III Foundation Cultural Center within the Archbishopric, Plateia Arch. Kiprianou.
Tel.: (02) 43 00 08
Opening hours: Monday-Friday 9-16:30; Saturday 9-13
Largest collection of icons on the island, covering the period from 9th to 18th century AD. The Art Galleries contain oil paintings, maps and lithographs.

Ethnographic Museum of Cyprus
Address: Plateia Arch. Kyprianou.
Tel.: (02) 43 25 78
Opening hours: Monday-Friday 9-17; Saturday 10-13
(Former: Cyprus Folk Art Museum), founded by the society of Cypriote Studies
Wide collection of Cypriot folk art of 19th and early 20th century, including wood-carved objects, tapestry, embroidery, pottery, national costumes and hand-woven materials.

National Struggle Museum
Address: Near Archbishopric, Plateia Arch. Kyprianou.
Tel.: (02) 30 45 50
Opening hours: Monday-Friday 8-14; 15-17
Documents, photos and other memorabilia of the 1955-1959 National Liberation Struggle.

Cyprus Postal Museum
Address: Agiou Savva St. 3B
Tel: (02) 30 47 11
Opening hours: Monday-Friday 10-17; Saturday 10-14
Collection of Cyprus stamps from 1800 onwards. These stamps, classified internationally amongst the bests, are of significant value in world philately.

Cyprus Jewelers' Museum
%vAddress: Praxippou 7-9 Lefkosia
Tel.: (02) 66 72 78
Opening hours: Monday-Friday 10-16:30
A display of traditional treasury from the end of 19th century including ornaments, religious items, silver utensils and old tools.

Museum of the History of Cypriote Coinage
Address: Stasinou 51. Agia Paraskevi, Bank of Cyprus Headquarters
Tel.: (02) 67 71 35
Opening hours: Monday 9-13: 15:30-18 (No afternoon in July and August); Tuesday-Friday 9-13
Permanent exhibition presenting the development of coinage of Cyprus from 6th century BC to the present day.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Full of ancient and medieval remains. -A sellection of Venetian, English and Ottoman architecture!
  • Cons:It can be very hot during July and especially August!
  • In a nutshell:The 1.000 year old Capital, and the Only Divided City in the world!
  • Last visit to Nicosia: Mar 2010
  • Intro Updated Mar 20, 2013
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