Nicosia Museums and Galleries Tour, Part 2, Nicosia (Self Guided)

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.
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Guide Name: Nicosia Museums and Galleries Tour, Part 2
Guide Location: Cyprus » Nicosia (See other walking tours in Nicosia)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 km
Author: Cathy
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Ethnographic Museum of Cyprus

1) Ethnographic Museum of Cyprus (must see)

The Ethnographic Museum of Cyprus, formerly known as the Folk Art Museum in Nicosia, is housed in a 15th century Gothic building. Initially used as a monastery, and from 1730 as the residence of the Archbishop, nowadays it exhibits a collection reflecting Cyprus's traditions and history through national costumes, jewelery, utensils, pottery and other objects from the 19th and 20th centuries. It is open Monday 10:00 am - 2:00 pm, Tuesday through Friday from 9:15 am to 4:00 pm, Saturday 9:00 am- 1:00 pm.
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National Struggle Museum

2) National Struggle Museum

The National Struggle Museum, one of Nicosia’s most popular museums, is devoted to the struggle with the British since 1878. One hall is dedicated to the events related to the struggle between 1878 and 1955. Another room reflects the period from 1955 to 1974 when the EOKA terrorist organization was founded, one of the bloodiest phases of the struggle. The third room reflects the progress of strategies and weapons from 1974 and the final hall is devoted to the end of the struggle. Its diverse collection includes weapons, documents, photographs and other objects from this dark period. It is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 2:30 pm.
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Byzantine Museum

3) Byzantine Museum (must see)

The Byzantine Museum, located in the the Archibishop's Palace, has become famous for its incredible collection of artifacts. With a collection dating back from the 9th to the 18th centuries, containing over 200 icons, you will also find paintings, mosaics, lithographs and maps. It is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm, and Saturday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.
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Nicosia Municipal Arts Center

4) Nicosia Municipal Arts Center (must see)

The Nicosia Municipal Arts Center, associated with the Pierides Foundation, was inaugurated in 1994 and is housed in the building of the old power station for the city’s electricity. One of the finest examples of industrial architecture in Cyprus, it was built in 1936. After being abandoned for nearly twenty years, the Pierides Foundation transformed it into the present museum. In 1994 it was awarded the Europa Nostra Award for its restoration. The Nicosia Municipal Arts Center exhibits the finest contemporary art from local and abroad. It also includes a library, restaurant and gift shop.
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Lusignan House

5) Lusignan House

The Lusignan House, a two-story 15th century structure, displays various objects, mostly furniture, from the Lusignan and Ottoman periods. The Lusignan coat of arms decorates the building’s Gothic entrance and its kiosk is a reminder of the Ottoman period. In 1958 it was the residence of a Russian family who used it for weaving fabric.
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Mevlevi Tekke Museum

6) Mevlevi Tekke Museum

Mevlevi Tekke Museum, or the Museum of the Whirling Dervishes, is located in an impressive six-domed structure from the 17th century. It was built as a meeting and dance hall for the religious sect Mevlevi Tekke, based on the teachings of Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi, a 13th century philosopher, theologian and poet. The museum includes a number of tombs of monks of the order and the floor used for ritual dances is preserved. Its diverse collection also includes books and documents related to the Mevlevi Order, as well as costumes and musical instruments used for its hypnotic dance ceremonies.

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 1

Nicosia Museums and Galleries Tour, Part 1

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.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 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
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
Greek Old Town Walk in Nicosia

Greek Old Town Walk in Nicosia

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.

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
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

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.