Nicosia is an interesting City and rich in history, where you can see historic churches and mosques, and enjoy the vibrant mixed culture.
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Here are a few of the places you could visit while in the City:
The Cyprus Museum
This Museum displays a large and fascinating range of antiquities from the Island ranging from the Neolithic period to the Roman era. Among the exhibits visitors can see are Neolithic tools and figurines, Bronze Age pottery, Archaic statues, and bronze and marble statues from the Hellenistic and Roman eras. There are also bronze collections which include weapons and farming tools, as well as a collection of coins and ancient sarcophagi.
Located in the North of the City, the Buyuk Han, or Great Inn, is Cyprus’ biggest caravanserai. It was constructed by the Ottomans in the 16th century after they had taken over the Island, and was to become an important trading centre. A mosque stands in the courtyard along with a fountain used for washing prior to prayers. The building has been restored and is currently a lively arts centre where you can see a range of interesting arts and craft galleries.
Cyprus Museum of Natural History
In this Natural History Museum visitors can see a varied range of interesting natural exhibits including plants, animals and minerals. The collection includes taxidermied animals, birds and insects, along with a range of fossils, minerals and shells, and you can also see several lifelike dinosaur replicas in gardens of the Museum.
Notre Dame de Tyre
This historic building was originally built in the 13th century as a convent for the Benedictine Order of Our Lady of Tyre, and later became an Armenian Apostolic Church. The Church is built in Gothic style with a square nave and bell tower and there are a number of tombs, including that of one of the Abbesses, Lady Dampierre, and the building has now been fully restored.
Originally the Cathedral of St. Sophia, and built in the 13th and 14th centuries in Gothic style, this building was later to become a mosque in the 16th century, and by the mid 20th century it was called the Selimiye Mosque after Sultan Selim II who was the Ottoman leader during the conquering of the Island. It is an attractive Gothic building, with two minarets that were later added, and contains several chapels.
This is an historic Venetian built gate constructed in the mid 16th century with the City walls, replacing the previous medieval walls. The Ottomans restored the Gate in the 19th century, and incorporated a new lookout into the structure. You can visit this historic Gate which is also a tourist information centre for the City.
Cyprus Classic Motorcycle Museum
At this Motorcycle Museum you can see a collection of classic motorcycles and includes such makes Norton, Triumph, BMW and Royal Enfield. You can learn all about the history of the bikes here, and see a large collection of photographs, and also among the collection are several bikes previously used by Archbishop Makarios’s Guard, along with World War II army bikes.
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