The 1000 year old capital is a bustling metropolis complete with chic shopping streets, outdoor cafes, well known hotels and award-winning museums including the Cyprus museum, its chief archaeological showcase. Built in and around walls, Nicosia is the banking, financial and diplomatic center of the island.

The old quarter at its heart is home to a beautifully restored Folk Neighborhood where you can wander the narrow streets to find the Leventis Museum of Nicosia (the 1991 European Museum of the Year) and the Cyprus Jewelers Museum. Another award winner is the renovated Famagusta Gate, one of the original entrances to the city, which won the Europa Nostra award for its restoration. Nearby is the most important example of urban architecture of the 18th century, the House of Dragoman Kornessios, the around the corner the Byzantine Museum and Folk Art Museum, offer a great contrast to the ultra modern Nicosia Municipal Arts Center. Also a winner of the coveted Europa a Nostra award.


Meet Aphrodite at the Cyprus Museum
Trace the Venetian walls of the city
Stroll through the moat
Take in an art exhibition inside the walls at Famagusta Gate
Loose yourself in the winding streets of the old town
Sip some fresh almond juice to quench your thirst
Watch coppersmiths at work
Go back in time in the House of the Dragoman


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