Greek Old Town Walk in Nicosia, Nicosia (Self Guided)

The Greek part of Nicosia’s Old Town is certainly the more modern part of the walled city. The architectural monuments are well-maintained, preserving the spirit of the city’s rich history. Take the following tour to admire and learn more about the past and present of the Greek portion of Nicosia.
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Greek Old Town Walk in Nicosia Map

Guide Name: Greek Old Town Walk in Nicosia
Guide Location: Cyprus » Nicosia (See other walking tours in Nicosia)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 km
Author: Cathy
Agios Kassianos Church

1) Agios Kassianos Church

Agios Kassianos Church, built in the 15th century in honor of the beloved saint, was destroyed by fire in 1570. Reconstructed in 1854, its most famous possessions include the 1400 painting of the Virgin Mary, a 1781 Greek gospel of Agios Kassianos and a silver helmet which, according to legend, had belonged to him. The helmet is believed to have therapeutic powers, making it a popular attraction for visitors.
Panagia Chrysaliniotissa Church

2) Panagia Chrysaliniotissa Church (must see)

Panagia Chrysaliniotissa Church, Nicosia’s oldest church, was designed in the Byzantine style. It is believed that construction took place in 1450, initiated by Queen Eleni Palaiologou, the wife of King John II. Named in honor of an icon found in a flax field, an 11th century painting of the Mother of God, this church also houses a number of other precious icons.
Famagusta Gate

3) Famagusta Gate (must see)

Famagusta Gate, one of three city wall gates erected by the Venetians to protect against Ottoman attacks, was designed by engineer Count Savorgnano. Formerly called Porta Guliana, or the Lower gate, it was designed as a passage in the form of an arch. Ignored for a long time, it was recently restored and made into an arts center that hosts diverse cultural and entertainment events such as exhibitions, concerts, movies and theater performances. It is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, and Saturday from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm.
Liberty Monument

4) Liberty Monument (must see)

Liberty Monument, erected in 1973 to honor the liberation of EOKA fighters from prison in 1959, depicts a goddess looking upon two fighters liberating the Greeks of Cyprus from British power. Liberty Monument is the most frequently photographed landmark on the south end of Nicosia.
Agios Ioannis Cathedral

5) Agios Ioannis Cathedral (must see)

Agios Ioannis Cathedral, built in 1662 to replace a Lusignan monastery, was constructed by Archbishop Nikiforos. Named in honor of Saint John the Theologian (Agios Ioannis), its stunning interior is adorned with beautiful Byzantine frescoes, paintings of Biblical scenes, and the legendary inconostasis and splendid icons created by John Kornaro from 1795 to 1797. It is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, with a break from noon to 2:00.
Pancyprian Gymnasium

6) Pancyprian Gymnasium (must see)

The Pancyprian Gymnasium was founded in 1812 by Archbishop Kyprianos at a time when Cyprus was still under Ottoman rule. It was originally called the Hellenic School and is the oldest high school still in operation on the island. The school was expanded in 1893 to incorporate a lyceum when Cyprus was under British rule and changed its name to its current one in 1896. In tribute to the school's contribution to education the Cyprus Post office issued a commemorative stamp in 1993. It is located opposite the archbishopric within the walls of the old city of Nicosia.

The original building was destroyed in a fire in 1920 and parts of the school were completely rebuilt in neoclassical style. Of particular historical interest is the crypt of the school located beneath the main entrance. This is where Archbishop Kyprianos was said to have held secret meetings with representatives of the Philiki Etairia in the early 19th century. The school also incorporates a substantial collection of artifacts, art and books. The Severios Library which opened in 1949 holds over 60,000 manuscripts.

Through benevolent donations the school has become very wealthy. On an educational level it is highly regarded and considered a model school. Many influential figures have studied and taught here.

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Faneromeni Church

7) Faneromeni Church (must see)

Faneromeni Church, the largest Orthodox church in Nicosia’s Old Town, was built in 1872 on the site of an Orthodox convent from 1715. Its architecture is a blend of Latin, Byzantine and Neoclassical design. Its interior contains old paintings, icons and other items, the oldest being the icon of Panagia Phaneromeny from the 14th century. This church includes a mausoleum with the relics of four clerics who died at the hands of the Ottomans during the siege of the city.
Agios Trypiotis Church

8) Agios Trypiotis Church

Agios Trypiotis Church was established in 1695 by Archbishop Germanos II on the site of a Gothic church and an earlier Orthodox abbey from the Lusignan and Venetian periods. Designed in the Byzantine style, its main feature is its beautiful bell tower. Inside you will find splendid old icons, carved wooden details, a printed gospel and the iconostasis. This church was formerly frequented by the city’s upper class.

Walking Tours in Nicosia, Cyprus

Create Your Own Walk in Nicosia

Create Your Own Walk in Nicosia

Creating your own self-guided walk in Nicosia is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Famous Mosques in Nicosia

Famous Mosques in Nicosia

Nicosia is rich in beautifully designed mosques, each of them with its own fascinating history. Some of them were built from churches and monasteries and these remaining elements add a special charm. Nicosia’s multitude of mosques is an indispensable part of the city panorama. Take the following tour to discover the Muslim spirit reflected in the city’s mosques.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

The divided capital of Cyprus, Nicosia is an ancient city replete with historic landmarks and numerous museums, offering visitors insight into the island's tumultuous past and present, as well as culture and traditions. Follow this orientation tour to discover these and other, more modern attractions of Nicosia.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.0 km
Nicosia Museums and Galleries Tour, Part 2

Nicosia Museums and Galleries Tour, Part 2

Nicosia is home to a variety of museums and art galleries. The following tour highlights the city’s most important ones, reflecting Cyprus’ recent and distant past. Visitors will get the opportunity to see artifacts and art objects that paint an illustrious portrait of this ancient city’s history.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 km
Nicosia Nightlife Tour

Nicosia Nightlife Tour

Nicosia, a city with a vibrant nightlife, features the best DJs and a lot of fun. Whether you’re looking for anything from oldies to R&B and much more, the city offers many fantastic places to spend the evening. Take the following tour of Nicosia’s best bars and clubs to have a memorable night out.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 km
Turkish Old Town Walk in Nicosia

Turkish Old Town Walk in Nicosia

The Turkish Part of Nicosia’s Old Town is fairly considered the historic part of the city. The following tour highlights the splendor of the city's history, including social and religious aspects. Some of its buildings date back as far as the 13th century. Discover Nicosia’s rich history and get some great photo opportunities in the Turkish section of the Old Town.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 km
Nicosia Shopping Tour

Nicosia Shopping Tour

Nicosia, being the capital of such an exotic country as Cyprus, couldn't be a better shopping spot for tourists. Offering a traditional Turkish market, folk art, crafts and fashionable shops and boutiques, Nicosia has something for everyone. Take the following tour to discover the best in Nicosia’s shopping.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Nicosia for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Nicosia has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Nicosia, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.