Nicosia, a Tale of Two Cities. Crossing the Border in Cyprus

Cyprus, Nicosia Guide (B): Nicosia, a Tale of Two Cities. Crossing the Border in Cyprus

There is something evocatively appealing about experiencing two intrinsically different cultures with such ease as is the case on the Cyprus border. Cyprus is so much more than a lazy beach destination.

Visiting the capital may not be on the top of the “To Do” list for many of the island’s visitors. However, those who do peel themselves off the sun lounge will be rewarded with a fascinating city in the midst of a renaissance.

Cyprus has a rich, multilayered history and culture. Nowhere is this more apparent than the capital Nicosia.

In Nicosia, Greek and Turkish societies share a walled city divided by the infamous Green Line. There have been many divided places throughout history but Nicosia remains the only divided capital in the world.

Established after the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974, the Green Line, a no man’s land, dividing north and south, cuts a line through the historic centre. An old city enclosed by walls erected by the Venetians in the 16th century. ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: Nicosia, a Tale of Two Cities. Crossing the Border in Cyprus
Guide Location: Cyprus » Nicosia
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Sight(s) featured in this guide: Faneromenis Church   Ledra Palace   Selimiye Mosque   Paphos Gate   Church of St George   The Venetian Column   Kumarcilar Han   Dervish Pasha Museum  
Author: Kate O'malley
Read it on author's website: http://www.vagrantsoftheworld.com/crossing-the-border-in-cyprus/