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Othello’s Castle

Othello’s Castle (Famagusta, north Cyprus) – located an hour’s drive east of Nicosia, this is the castle where Shakespeare’s famous play “Othello” was set (Othello being a Venetian commanded sent to Cyprus by his superiors) – located in the east coastal port of Famagusta. This castle was originally built by the Lusignans in the 12th […]

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Venetian Walls of Nicosia

Venetian Walls of Nicosia — built by the Venetians in the 16th century to repel Arab attacks on the city, these walls extend 4.5kms around the city. They are impressive battlements punctuated by eleven bastions and three gates, which provide good views over parts of the city. The capital was already relocated inland to protect […]

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Tomb of the Kings

Tomb of the Kings (Paphos) – located just 5 minutes north of Paphos Archaeological Park, this is a large necropolis that dates back from 300 BC. The ‘Tombs of the Kings’ was the place where the higher administrative officers and distinguished Ptolemaic personalities as well as the members of their families were buried (despite the […]

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Tamassos

Tamassos – located 21 km. (30 minute drive) southwest of Nicosia, this archaeological site goes back to the 8th century BC in an area which was already inhabited from the Late Bronze Age, and until the first half of the 7th century it had developed into an important city-kingdom of Cyprus. From its foundation until […]

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Selimiye Mosque

Selimiye Mosque (Selimiye Sokak, north Nicosia) — This ancient church is the chief mosque in the northern state of Cyprus, and the great festivals of Bayram and other Moslem gatherings are conducted here. It was formerly the cathedral of St. Sophia which was built in the period 1209 A.D. to 1228, over the ruins of […]

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Petra tou Romiou

Petra tou Romiou (Kouklia, Paphos) – a 90 minute drive southeast of Nicosia, this spot, a.k.a Aphrodite’s Rock, was given that name since this is the reputed birthplace of the Greek goddess of love, beauty, pleasure, and procreation.

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Paphos Archaeological Park

Paphos Archaeological Park (Kato Paphos – near Paphos harbor) – located nearly 2 hours southwest of Nicosia, this is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as well as being the island’s most prominent open-air museum. Paphos Archaeological Park includes sites and monuments from prehistoric times to the Middle Ages, while most remains date to the Roman […]

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Notre Dame de Tyre

Notre Dame de Tyre (Şehit Mehmet Hüseyin Sokak, north Nicosia) – this Gothic-style building, located just over the border between the two sides of Nicosia, is a 14th century monastery, which served the Armenian community of Cyprus. In the early 1900s, an elementary school and a monument for the Armenian Genocide were built here. The […]

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National Struggle Museum

National Struggle Museum (Archbishop Kyprianou Square, Nicosia) — this museum displays documents, photographic material, personal belongings of the Greek Cypriot heroes and other memorabilia related to the struggle against British rule. The museum was founded after the end of the 1955-1959 National Liberation Struggle by EOKA fighter Christodoulos Papachrysostomou. Hours: 8:00 am – 2:00 pm […]

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Museum of Barbarism

Museum of Barbarism (Irhan Sk. 2, north Nicosia) – for those curious about Cyprus’ recent political history, this is a shrine dedicated to Dr. Nihat Ilhan, a major who served in the Cyprus Turkish contingent in 1963 (and who lived in the house where this is located). During the inter-communal troubles of December that year, […]