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NORTH CYPRUS PLACES TO VISIT  

 
Nicosia
Arab Ahmet Mosque:
This mosque was constructed on the foundations of a medieval church in 1845. There are said to be tombstones from the 14th century under its stone floor.
Atatürk Square and the Venetian Column:
Atatürk Square is an open area in the center of the old walled city and is surrounded by buildings of the British administration on the island. In the center of the square is a twenty-foot column originally erected by the Venetians upon which once stood the Lion of St. Mark. After the Ottoman conquest of Lefkosa, the column was removed only to be put back in its place by the British. The British, however, were unable to locate the Lion, and so replaced it with a copper globe.
Büyük Hamam (Big Turkish Bath):
The inn is thought to have been built by Muzaffer Pasha in 1572 and is typical of inns built in Anatolia around the same time. This example is a two story building around a courtyard in which can be found a small mosque and a foundation for absolutions. Open during working hours Monday to Friday. Closed at weekends and on public holidays.
Church of St. Nicolas:
The church was originally built in the Byzantine period (12th century) but was abed to in Lusignan times. Interest in the building is derived from its mixture of styles. Open during working hours Monday to Friday. Closed at weekends and on public holidays.
Dervish Pasha's Mansion:
Dervish Pasha was the first editor of a Turkish Cypriot newspaper. His house, built in the mid 19th century, is typical of Turkish urban architecture.
Kyrenia Gate:
This is the enterance to the walled city from the Girne direction. The fortified walls were built by the Venetians to keep out the (eventually successful) Ottoman invaders. Today roads, built by the British, run through the gate.

Kumarcilar Ham (The Gamblers' Inn):
This inn is a simpler version of the Büyük Han but does not have a mosque in the courtyard. Open during working hours Monday to Friday. Closed at weekends and on public holidays.
Lapidary Museum:
In this old Venetian building, stones and other fragments from destroyed medieval buildings have been collected together to form this interesting muesum. Open during working hours from Monday to Friday, closed at weekends and public holidays.
The Bandabiilya (Covered Market):
Here you can find an interesting array of fresh food produce and other items. There are butchers, coffee shop and Cypriot arts and crafts. Open from 8-5 . There are also stalls selling anything from olive oil to plastic toys. The market was opened by the British colonial administration in 1938. Open during working hours from Monday to Saturday, closed on Sundays and public holidays.
Selimiye Mosque (St. Sofia Cathedral):
This is an outstanding example of Gothic architecture officially consecrated in 1326 and contains all the hallmarks of the great French cathedrals of the time. In 1570, following the Ottoman conquest of city, it was converted into a mosque. Open during working hours from Monday to Friday, closed at weekends and public holidays.
Sultan Mahmoud II Library:
The library was founded in 1829 by Sultan Mahmoud the second. The building is big, square and has a large dome on top, and inside can be found rare Turkish, Arabic and Persian texts. Open during working hours from Monday to Saturday, closed on Sundays and public holidays. Open from 8-5.
 
Kyrenia
Antiphonitis Monastery:
This beautiful and remote monastery built in the twelfth century is worth visiting not only out of historical interest, but also for its impressive forest location. The church within the monastery is in particularly good condition, although some of the Byzantine murals have been removed or demaged. Please be aware that a sturdy vehicle is needed on the road to the monastery.
Bellapais Abbey:
The exquisite Gothic building in the beautiful mountain village of Bellapais was built by Augustinian monks in 1205 AD. and was known as 'Abbey of Our Lady of the Mountain'. The name Bellapais comes from the Greek word Episkopia (meaning bishopric). The Franks, unable to pronounce the word accurately referred to the building as "Lapais" . In time the Abbey came to be known as "Abbeye de la Paix".
Buffavento Castle:
At an altitude of 954 meters, Buffavento, which means "wind defying", has an apt name. Along with St. Hillarion and Kantara the castle was built by the Byzantines to ward off Arab attacks. The Lusignans, during their rule, extended and further fortified the castle, but tended to use the castle as a prison rather than a military stronghold. The Venetians, finding they had little use for the castle dismantled and abandoned it. Although there is relatively little left of the castle structure, a walk to the castle from the road below is a rewarding experience giving amazing views of the Girne mountain range to the east and west, the sea to the north, and the central plain to the south.
Girne Castle:
This breathtaking castle sits at one end of the picturesque Girne Harbour. The orginal foundations were lain in the seventh century A.D., although the castle was further extended and fortified by both the Lusignans and the Venetians. As a defensive structure Girne Castle was highly effective in preventing invasion of the town, that is. Until the Ottomans invaded in 1571 when the town, not wishing to suffer as Lefkosa and Gazimagusa had, surrendered.
Lambusa and Lapta:
At the ruins of the ancient city of Lambusa remains have been found proving inhabitance as far back as Neolithic times. There is also evidence of continued settelement during Phoenician and Prolemy ascedance in Cyprus. But it seems that the town developed and grew in terms of wealth and stature during Roman and early Byzantine times. That is at least partly suggested by the Byzantine name lambusa, which means lighter shining.
During the seventh century A.D. repeated Arab raids forced the inhabitants to abondon the town and relocate further inland in Lapta.
St. Hillarion Castle:
This fairytale castle, said to be Walt Disney's inspiration for the film "Fantasia", occupies the mountain-top that overlooks Girne. Originnally the site of the castle was the abode of a hermit name Hillarion upon which a monastery was later built in his honour. The building was later fortified by the Byzantines and castle existed in conjunction with Kantara and Buffavento, along the northern coast, with the aim of deterring attacks from seafaring Arabs.
 
Famagusta
Ancient City of Alasia:
The partially excavated ruins of the city can be found strewn across fields just outside the town of Gazimagusa. Archeological findings at Alasia show that there was settlement in the area during the Middle Bronze Age.
Alasia's wealth and subsequent growth was based on trade in Cypriot cooper which during the sixteenth century B.C. was being exported to Anatolia, Syria and Egypt. Alasia's heyday came in the fifteenth century B.C. when Mycenaean trade in cooper with both eastern and western lands was on the increase.
Gazimagusa City Walls:
The defensive walls surrounding Gazimagusa were built by the Venetians primarily to keep the Ottomans out of the city-something which they managed to delay, but not prevent. The walls are almost completely intact today and vary in height from 15-17 meters and are up 9 meters thick. The total circumference of approximately 3.5 kilometers is fortified with towers and bastions.
Lala Mustafa Pasha Mosque (St. Nicolas Cathedral):
The construction of the cathedral began around 1300 A.D. and was completed in 1336. It was used by the Lusignans for the coronation of the Kings of Jerusalem and was later used as a mosque by the Ottomans who renamed it after the general who led the 1571 invasion of the city.
St. Barnabas Monastery and Icon Museum:
The monastery was built close to the site of St. Barnabas tomb. St. Barnabas was stoned to death by the citizens of Salamis to whom he attempted to preach the gospel, and his tomb and monastery are of great religious significance to the Greek Orthodox Church and now houses a museum of icons which depict the events which led to the establishment of the independent Church of Cyprus.
Royal Tombs:
These incredible structures built during the seventh and eight centuries B.C. can be found a short distance outside Gazimagusa and are the burial grounds of the ancient Kings of Cyprus. The tombs generally show influences of Assyrian and Agyptian cultures. Some of them, however, were opened and reused in Roman times.
Salamis Ruins:
According to Greek mythology, the city of Salamis was founded by Teucer on his return from Trojan wars, but it is perhaps more likely that the city was established early in the eleventh century B.C. after the abandonment of the nearby city of Alasia. Salamis is said to have been a highly developed, urban centre blending the cultures of the Orient and the Phoenicias while having its own distinctively Cypriot character. By the eighth century B.C. Salamis was Cyprus leading city in terms of culture, wealth and size. During Roman times a number of severe earthquakes destroyed much of the city and repeated Arab raids during the seventh century A.D. resulted in its abandonment.
Sinan Pasha Mosque(The Church of Saints Peer and Paul):
This church is said to have been built during Gazimagusa's heyday from the profits of a single business venture by the merchant Simone Nostrano. Due to its conversion into a mosque by the Ottomans it remains in very good condition and today houses the city library.
St. Andrew's Monastery:
The monastery is dedicated to St. Andrew, the protector of travellers who, it is told, landed covered fresh water with healing properties. The site has become a popular place for pilgrimages.
Othello Tower:
This structure was built by the Lusignans for defense of the city and is said to be the setting for Shakespeare's Othello.
Palazzo de Provveditorre:
Orginally the palace of the Lusignan kings of Cyprus, the building later became the residence of the Venetian military commander.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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