Nicosia Museums and Galleries Tour, Part 1, Nicosia

Nicosia, as an old city, has a large number of museums dedicated to the history, traditions and interesting facts about the city and country. In the following tour, discover the city’s politics, jewelery making, classic motorcycles, and the Apocalypse Gallery where you can admire modern paintings and sculptures.
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Nicosia Museums and Galleries Tour, Part 1 Map

Guide Name: Nicosia Museums and Galleries Tour, Part 1
Guide Location: Cyprus » Nicosia (See other walking tours in Nicosia)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.6 km
Author: Cathy
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A. G. Leventis Gallery

1) A. G. Leventis Gallery

The Leventis Gallery is an art gallery in Nicosia, Cyprus. Opened in 2014, it houses a collection of over 800 paintings from Cypriot, Greek and European artists.

The Greek Collection includes works by artists from the 19th and 20th centuries. The Paris Collection includes works by important European artists of the 17th to the 20th century. Works by Canaletto, François Boucher, Fragonard, Corot, Boudin, Renoir, Monet, Signac and Chagall are on public display. The Cyprus Collection includes works of art by Cypriot artists since 1900.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Cyprus Archaeological Museum

2) Cyprus Archaeological Museum (must see)

The Cyprus Museum, or Cyprus Archaeological Museum, is the oldest and largest archaeological museum in Cyprus. The museum houses artefacts discovered during numerous excavations on the island. The museum is home to the most extensive collection of Cypriot antiquities in the world and is located on Museum Street in central Nicosia. Its history goes hand in hand with the course of modern archeology (and the Department of Antiquities) in Cyprus. Of note is that only artifacts discovered on the island are displayed.

As an institution, the Cyprus Museum was founded in 1882 during the British occupation of the island following a petition by the Cypriot people. The initial museum was funded by private donations and was temporarily housed in existing governmental offices. It moved to its own premises in 1889 on Victoria Street within the medieval walls of the city. Construction of the current building began in 1908 and was originally dedicated to the memory of the British monarch, Queen Victoria. Soon after its inception, the museum started receiving items from the numerous excavations on the island, mainly run by British and European expeditions.

The museum consists of fourteen display halls surrounding a square central area which comprises auxiliary offices, a library, storerooms and laboratories for preserving and studying items in the collection. The displays in each hall follow a chronological and a thematic succession starting from the Neolithic period and ending with the Roman period.

Operation hours: Monday to Saturday: 9 am - 5 pm; Sunday: 10 am - 1 pm.

"(The above description is based on Wikipedia under Creative Common License)"
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Cyprus Classic Motorcycle Museum

3) Cyprus Classic Motorcycle Museum

The Cyprus Classic Motorcycle Museum, opened for over twenty years, was a project founded by Andreas Nicolaou. Visitors will be amazed by the unbelievable facts related to the history of motorcycles in Cyprus. Exhibiting a large number of photographs and movies reflecting the beauty and importance of this vehicle, it also includes a diverse collection of about 150 motorcycles. Its most popular motorcycles are form World War Two, ones used by the Presidential Guard of Archbishop Makarios and Cyprus’ first champion, Turkishcypriot Zeki Isa's motorcycle. Visitors can admire BSA, Norton, Triumph, Ariel, Aqusta and other famous models. It is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, with a break from 1:00 to 3:00, and Saturday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.
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Diachroniki Art Gallery

4) Diachroniki Art Gallery

Diachroniki Art Gallery is a popular place exhibiting both old an contemporary paintings, icons, mosaics, sculptures, jewelery and other objects of visual art. Its collection includes both originals and high quality reproductions. The gallery organizes occasional exhibitions of work by local artists related to the history of Cyprus. It is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.
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Leventis Municipal Museum

5) Leventis Municipal Museum (must see)

The Leventio Museum, or Leventis Municipal Museum, is home to an extensive collection of Cypriot works include archaeological artifacts, costumes, photographs, medieval pottery, maps and engravings, jewels, and furniture. The Leventio Municipal Museum presents the history and social development of the city of Nicosia from the Chalcolithic period (3000BC) to the present day. It was founded in 1984 after the initiative of the Mayor of Nicosia, Mr Lellos Demetriades.

The museum is named after its donor Anastasios G. Leventis Foundation which bought and restored the building and its administered by the Municipality of Nicosia. The exhibits are arranged so that visitors are guided from the present days of Nicosia, the capital of the Republic of Cyprus, through to the Ancient period (3000BC). Every year the museum organizes and hosts a number of temporary exhibitions, lectures, educational programs and other events. The Shop of the Museum is run by the Association of the Friends of the Museum.

Every school year, since 1989, the museum has organized special educational programs for school children of all ages. Special workshops and educational programs for children and adults are also organized during the year. A small library with publications and other material on the history of Nicosia as well as rare and old publications on Cyprus is open for researchers only by appointment.

Operation hours: Tuesday to Sunday: 10 am - 4.30 pm.

"(The above description is based on Wikipedia under Creative Common License)"
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Cyprus Jewellers Museum

6) Cyprus Jewellers Museum

The Cyprus Jewelers Museum is a small museum exhibiting jewels and other items made of precious metals and gems. Its oldest showpieces are from the 19th century. Exhibiting earrings, bracelets, necklaces and rings, its collection also includes ancient decorative objects, tools, icons and silver tableware. Visitors can also admire stamps, photographs and documents related to the history of jewelery in Cyprus. It is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
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House of Dragoman Hadjigeorgakis Kornesios

7) House of Dragoman Hadjigeorgakis Kornesios (must see)

The Hadjigeorgakis Korensios Mansion, or House of Dragoman Hadjigeorgakis Kornesios, is situated near the Archbishopric, in the neighborhood of Saint Antonios, where the wealthy notables of the Greek community traditionally used to live. The mansion is the most important example of urban architecture of the last century of Ottoman domination that survives in old Nicosia. It opened on 3 May 1960 with the aid of public subscription, three years after a foundation was established to protect the property from developers who wanted to demolish the block.

The owner of the mansion, Hadjigeorgakis Kornesios, was a dragoman, the official interpreter for the Divan (Council) of the Sultan for thirty years from 1779. The house was built in 1793 with local bloc-cut sandstone and is a two-storey building. The monogram of the owner and the date of its erection can be seen on a marble tablet inside the entrance. The architectural plan of the building in the form of a Greek "Δ" surrounds a central garden with a fountain and a private bathhouse (Hammam) which has three rooms. Today the mansion, which was awarded the Europa Nostra prize for its exemplary renovation work, functions as a museum. The entrance fees is €1.70.

Operation hours: Tuesday, Thursday & Friday: 8.30 am - 3.30 pm; Wednesday: 8.30 am - 5 pm; Saturday: 9.30 am - 3.30 pm.

"(The above description is based on Wikipedia under Creative Common License)"
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Apocalypse Gallery

8) Apocalypse Gallery

The Apocalypse Gallery, the largest art gallery in the city, was opened in 1987 by Natasha Tofarides. Its collection includes work by famous international artists, as well as local masters, consisting mainly of paintings and sculptures. It is open Monday through Friday from 10:30 am to 8:00 pm, with a break from 1:00 to 5:00, and Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm.

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.
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: 2.4 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
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
Nicosia Nightclubs Tour

Nicosia Nightclubs Tour

Nicosia, a city with a vibrant nightlife and a large variety of clubs to choose from, 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 nightclubs to have a memorable night out.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 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.