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What to see in Nicosia

Nicosia Attractions


This interesting Cypriot city may not be able to offer tourists beaches but there is plenty to see and do in Nicosia. As one might expect of the capital of such a culturally and historically rich country, Nicosia has a number of wonderful museums: the Cyprus Archaeological Museum holds a breathtaking collection of artefacts from all over the country; for an overview of the history of Nicosia from ancient times to modern the Leventis Municipal Museum is a gem; The Byzantine Museum boasts a truly remarkable collection of religious art and iconography; and the Ethnographic Museum is a must if you are interested in the folk traditions of the Cypriots.

Some of the most incredible attractions in Nicosia are religious buildings. Selimiye Mosque, which used to be the St Sophia Cathedral, is an intriguing place where the combination of Christian and Muslim architecture and art has created something really beautiful. St John's Cathedral, the official state church of Cyprus, is comparatively small for a cathedral but the interior is wondrous; St John's considerable treasures include possibly the best preserved wall murals in Cyprus.

Nicosia's Old Town is strewn with attractions for visitors and is a good area to begin your sightseeing in the city. A stroll around the old city walls is a must, and the moat below the walls has been planted as a pleasant garden which adds to the experience.

There are also ancient relics and remains to be found a short distance beyond the city: the ancient city of Tamassos makes an exciting excursion from Nicosia and offers some thrilling ruins for exploration.


Byzantine Museum

The largest collection of icons on the island of Cyprus is displayed in the Byzantine Museum in the Old City of Nicosia.…

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Cyprus Archaeological Museum

The Cyprus Archeaological Museum was established to collect, study and display archaeological artefacts from all over…

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Ethnographic Museum (former Folk Art Museum)

The colourful collections in this museum represent Cypriot folk art of the 19th and early 20th centuries and it is the…

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Old City Walls

The walls that completely encompass Nicosia's Old City date from the Venetian occupation in the 16th century, and have…

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St John’s Cathedral (Agios Ioannis)

The Orthodox Cathedral in the Old City was built in 1662 by Archbishop Nikiforos, dedicated to Saint John the Theologian.…

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Tamassos

Tamassos, 13 miles (21km) south-west of Nicosia, was an ancient city kingdom renowned for its rich copper works. Recent…

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