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Venetian Column., Nicosia: 4 reviews and 4 photos
Ataturk Meydani is considered to be the central point of Turkish Nicosia. Anyone reading my earlier tips should have no problem guessing whose face adorns the building in the picture! Yes it's Kemal Ataturk again.
In the middle of the rounabout is the Venetian Column. This column is made out of grey marble. The Venetians brought it from Salamis (another part of Cyprus with many columns and ancient carvings) and erected it in 1489. They placed their symbol on top of it - The Lion of Saint Mark. The Ottomans then knocked the column over in 1570 and removed the Lion. The column then stayed down until 1915, when the British (who were governing Cyprus at the time) re-erected it and placed a globe on top (that apparently was a non-controversial topping to all relevant parties!)
Address: At the end of Sarayonu Sok
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