"Kyrenia gate" Venetian Walls Tip by call_me_rhia

Venetian Walls, Nicosia: 9 reviews and 10 photos

  Kyrenia gate
by call_me_rhia

Kyrenia gate is the most impressive of the three gates that existed in the Venetian city walls of the town, the other two being the Famagusta and the Paphos gate. This gate was built in 1562 and originally it had an Italian name: porta del provveditore; which meant city guard gate. If you pay attention you will see the Lion of Saint mark on the gate, which is the symbol of Venice.

When the ottomans took over the city, they added an incription to Allah, opener of the gate. Why? Because this gate would be locked at night, after the evening prayr, and would again in the early morning when it was praying time. Kyrenia gate is now the home of the North Nicosia tourist office.

Address: girne caddesi
Directions: near the dolmus taxi stand, north nicosia

Review Helpfulness: 2 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Feb 2, 2008
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