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Nicosia Travel Guide: 324 reviews and 786 photos

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.

Amazing Architecture in the old city of Nicosia

The capital Nicosia has Venetian city walls, Turkish baths, Greek ruins, Lusignan castles, hidden mosques, grand cathedrals, and cobblestone pedestrian streets bordered by 19th century houses with courtyards.

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 Sep 15, 2015
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  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Jun 13, 2015 at 11:48 AM

    Popi, you have great restaurant tips…..Thanks for your advice…

  • CDM7's Profile Photo
    Jun 7, 2015 at 3:41 AM

    My lasting memory of driving around the north of Cyprus in 1992 was seeing all those derelict houses.Very sad!

    • greekcypriot's Profile Photo
      Jun 7, 2015 at 3:58 AM

      Wait until I post photos from my recent stroll out there when I was in Nicosia a couple of weeks ago. Some neighborhoods look like India!

  • mindcrime's Profile Photo
    Jun 6, 2015 at 12:44 AM

    τι ακριβώς λέει η πινακίδα? τι να προσέξει ο επισκεπτης δηλαδή?

    • greekcypriot's Profile Photo
      Jun 6, 2015 at 1:23 AM

      Ακόμα δεν κατέβασα τις πρόσφατες φωτογ. ίσως και να τράβηξα αυτό το σημείο ...αυτή τη φορά περιπλανήθηκα στις γειτονιές αρκετές ώρες μέχρι που για λίγο χάθηκα! Εδώ δεν το διακρίνω εγώ από το κανονικό computer! lol....

    • mindcrime's Profile Photo
      Jun 6, 2015 at 2:58 AM

      :))

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Jan 18, 2015 at 1:07 AM

    Popi, your pages are a real travel encyclopedia! Thanks a lot!

    • greekcypriot's Profile Photo
      Jan 18, 2015 at 2:47 AM

      Thanks for dropping by Victor. I try to give the picture of what it is like when travelling to Cyprus...especially when you move around by public means of transport. Between us, with all this information I had twice complimentary tickets to fly to the island and highlight it from Cyprus tourism and the local airways. I love to share my experience through tips.

    • hunterV's Profile Photo
      Jan 18, 2015 at 2:52 AM

      It was very kind of Cyprus Tourism to give you complimentary tickets to fly to the island...

  • Odiseya's Profile Photo
    Apr 5, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    Good page! Sadly, this is not only divided city in Europe. I cannot wait to visit Nicosia! Thank you!

    • greekcypriot's Profile Photo
      Apr 5, 2013 at 1:02 PM

      Hi Aleksandra, Thanks for visiting my Nicosia guide. I am in Athens these days I will get in touch when I can.

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Aug 8, 2010 at 9:46 AM

    Lovely little page on Nicosia

  • janetanne's Profile Photo
    Jul 29, 2010 at 3:11 PM

    I liked Nicosia, but I liked pafos more.:):)

  • May 29, 2010 at 7:37 AM

    Helpful tips greekcypriot.

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