The town Nicosia (Lefkosa in Turkish) is the capital of both Northern and Southern Cyprus and is, therefore, the last divided European capital. It is a 30-minutes drive from Kormacit and 20-minutes away from Kyrenia.
Sightseeing requiring entrance fees:
In the stone museum we can admire the vestiges of the state palace of the Lusignans built in gothic style.
Derwisch Pascha House
An ethnographic museum in the house of Derwisch Pascha, who was the editor of the first newspaper in Cyprus.
The monastery of whirling dervishes was closed in 1953 and serves today as a museum for Sufi culture.
Southern Cyprus: Ledra Museum KH Debenhams
Panoramic view on both parts of the town (North and South) from the 11th floor of the Debenhams’ mall
Southern Cyprus: Byzantine museum in the Archbishop’s palace
A stunning collection of byzantine art
Southern Cyprus: Archaeological Museum
The archaeological museum exhibits the history of 10.000 years. Reserve a half day for it!
Southern Cyprus: Dragoman house
Dragoman was the mediator between the Greek speaking population in Cyprus and the ottoman government.
Sightseeing without entrance fees:
The Northern gate out of three entrances to the town
This is the first inner-city project in Cyprus dating back to the 30’s. The houses are built with straw-clay bricks.
Power symbol of the Venetian era in the centre of the town
The Checkpoint in the centre of the Old Town was opened in 2008 and links both parts of the town for pedestrians.
The Great Inn is a masterpiece of ottoman architecture and is a popular meeting point in the Old Town of Nicosia. It offers also a nice shopping opportunity for different kinds of souvenirs.
This quarter is renowned for its bazaar (traditional market) and still offers great choices.
Arabahmet quarter and mosque
In the Western part of Nicosia, all around the Arabahmet mosque are typical ottoman houses, recently renovated as part of a big EU-project.
The Turkish bath of Nicosia was recently renovated and is a welcomed opportunity for bathing and massages in a typical ottoman Hamam.
The formerly Sophia Cathedral is a masterpiece of gothic architecture in Northern Cyprus and serves since the 16th century as a mosque.
Hasdar – Foundation for folk art
Here you can see how typical artefacts of the Cypriot folk art are designed such as chairs, embroideries, coffers, etc. Shopping here is for fair prices and helps preserving this folk art.
Bandabuliya market hall
In the market hall built in the English era we find vegetables, fruits, but also souvenirs and sweets.
Southern Cyprus: Museum Levantis
The Levantis museum exhibits the development of Cyprus in the middle age and byzantine era.
Southern Cyprus: Joan Church in the Archbishop’s palace
The church is abundantly decorated with frescos and counts as one of the oldest byzantine artworks in Nicosia.