Nicosia (North)

thumb|240px|Atatürk Square, with the figure of Atatürk and the Turkish flag

22 things to do

All Places Cyprus



The Museum of Barbarism

The house of Dr. Nihat Ilhan, a major who was serving in the Cyprus Turkish Contingent in 1963. During the inter-communal troubles of December that year, the house was attacked by the Greek-Cypriot terrorists. Dr. Ilhan's wife and three children were ruthlessly murdered in the bathroom where they had tried to hide. The house, in the Kumsal district of Nicosia has been preserved as a museum.

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The Great Inn

It has been totally transformed through sympathetic renovation and restoration over the past few years and today it’s a place where you can shop for eclectic crafts, enjoy a light meal, watch some street theatre or listen to live music and marvel at the incredible architecture of this building constructed back in 1572.

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Selimiye Mosque

Northern Nicosia's top attraction, this fortress-like cathedral-cum-mosque was completed in 1228 and has survived a number of earthquakes since then. The cathedral was converted into a mosque in 1570 and the two minarets added at the same time are a Nicosia landmark.

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Atatürk Square

better known as Sarayönü - the heart of the walled city, this square boasts the Venetian Column and the Judicial Building, with an opportunity to see other historical buildings and witness locals going about their daily business.

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Kyrenia Gate

Built in 1567, the impressive Northern entry gate into Nicosia was built when the Venetians were in charge of Cyprus. Today it is home to the tourism information centre in Nicosia.

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Kızılbaş Church

in the Kızılbaş area, within walking distance from Dereboyu, this historical church is now used as a cultural center with frequent exhibitions and other cultural events.

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Samanbahçe Houses

a very good reflection of traditional Turkish Cypriot architecture, these houses are well-preserved and well worth seeing and photographing.

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The Republic Park

hosting the grave of Rauf Denktaş and a monument dedicated to the national struggle, this park is located in the Gönyeli area.

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Dervish Pasha’s House

Another cultural anthropology centre is the recently resorted mansion that was once owned by Dervish Pasha.

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The Office of Rauf Denktaş

the office of the founder of Northern Cyprus, this is another attraction in the Dereboyu area.

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The Great Turkish Bath

built over 400 years ago and still active, this bath is a place to relax.

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Mevlevi Tekke

Museum of whirling Dervishes

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The Lusignan House

A French medieval residence

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Arabahmet Mosque

another historical mosque

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Lapidary Museum

An archaeological museum

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Merit Hotel

A 5-star hotel

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Golden Tulip Hotel

A 5-star hotel

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Saray Hotel & Caesar Casino

A 3-star hotel

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Gonyeli Kent Hotel

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About Nicosia (North)

Northern Nicosia is the Northern Cyprus-controlled side of the city, containing approximately half of the Old City. The city streets are visibly crumbling.


Source: wikivoyage