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Written by Edward Fernsby

Oct 20th, 2018
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Your curiosity would get the better of you when you're in Nicosia. It is not only the capital of Cyprus but also a city that narrates its history to the visitors at every corner with its charming historical buildings. Also known as Lefkosia, it has been the country's capital since the 10th century and has been inhabited continuously for more than 4 millenniums. You can find a mix of various things while exploring this city. In some places, you'll get to witness the lively streets. In other places, there are traces of a rich history. When you get around in this city, you'll surely get to see some of its intriguing offerings.

 

Old Town

Old Town Gate

It'll be a delight to visit the Old Town during your holidays to nicosia. As you take a stroll through the streets in this part of the city, you'll come across several old buildings, shops, cafes, and restaurants. There are many buildings in the Old Town that were built during the times when this region was under the rule of the Ottoman Empire. However, there are some structures that were constructed even before the Ottomans established their rule in Cyprus. One of them is the Panagia Chrysaliniotissa built during the mid-15th century, which is considered as the oldest church in the city.

 

Street Art

Street Art

While you're in the Old Town, you'll get the opportunity to explore its amazing street art. They carry many cultural, political, and social messages and would give you some insights into the culture of Cyprus while displaying its many aspects. Even before you enter the Old Town, there'd be a large wall art on the Stasinou Street welcoming you and raising your curiosity. Many different walls in the Old Town have been painted with some brilliant pieces of art with some interesting characters on display.

 

Alsos Forest

Alsos Forest

This ecological area is one of Nicosia's municipal parks was a large wetland before it was transformed into a beautiful park by the British colonial government. A large number of Eucalyptus trees were brought from Australia and planted in this part of Nicosia to absorb most of the water. As a result, it formed an unbroken stretch of open land, which has various paths for pedestrians and also has a large playground and cafeteria. You can have the chance to move away from crowded places as you head towards this municipal park for a pleasant stroll.

 

Liberty Monument

Liberty Monument

Erected in the year 1973 to honour the Greek Cypriot fighters involved in military action against the British Empire during the period between 1955 and 1959, this monument contains several statues and is located at the Podocattaro Bastion of the Venetian walls. Located on top of this structure is a statue that represents liberty, and below are shown two heroic fighters trying to open a prison gate by pulling the chains. Below them are the statues of Greek Cypriot prisoners, peasants, and other individuals who are being released from the prison while trying to escape the British rule.

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