Explore the rich culture while visiting the many attractions Nicosia is replete with. These cultural attractions are suitable for all ages and can prove to make your trip to Nicosia a fruitful one. Be it historic monuments or cultural performances, cultural attractions somehow steal the show of the other attractions and things to do in Nicosia.
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Asmaaltı Sk, Nicosia, Cyprus.
04:00 pm - 08:00 pm
The name literally translates into Great Inn. The building is one of the most important bits of Ottoman architecture in Cyprus. For most of its history it was a caravanserai, but when the British took over in the latter 19th century, it was temporarily used as a prison. 1893 onwards it was once again used as a residence for the poor and underprivil...
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08:00 am - 11:00 am
Once the building was known as St. Sophia’s cathedral, but now, within the boundaries of the Turkish controlled portion of Nicosia, it’s the main mosque of the city. The building is the oldest surving Gothic church in the area, and what you see of the architecture today is only a shadow of what it used to be. There were once rich sculpt...
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Plateia Arxiepiskopou Kyprianou, (within the Archbishopric) Lefkosia
09:00 am - 04:30 pm
You have the Makarios Cultural Foundation to thank for this museum – a rich collection of Cypriot Byzantine Heritage, the richest such collection in the country. It’s small though, only 220 items or something but that’s more than enough considering how important all the pieces are. There are precious icons (mainly from the 12th ce...
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5, A. G. Leventis (ex Leonidou) street, 1097 Nicosia, Cyprus, P.O. Box 22543
10:00 am - 05:00 pm
This gallery is an unexpectedly delightful find for anyone who stumbles across it in Nicosia. It was founded by Anastasios G. Leventis, who’s quite the character. He contributed greatly to the war aid. His interest in art led him to help a lot to repatriate art stolen from Cyprus. Today, his gallery, managed by the foundation set up by him be...
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Athinas, Nicosia, Cyprus
10:00 am - 07:00 pm
Built by the Venetians in 1567, this was once the main point of entry into the city, heavily fortified and just wide enough for two carts to pass abreast. The façade facing the town is quite imposing with a great spherical dome of 11 metres in diameter. During the Ottoman period, only Turks were allowed through the gate. It used to be closed...
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Asinou, Nikitari village, Nicosia, Cyprus
09:30 am - 04:00 pm
20 km west from Nicosia, you’ll find this apparently utterly underwhelming looking church. Do not judge this book by its cover! Step inside, and you’ll be stunned by some of the most beautiful Byzantine-era paintings ever. The walls are completely frescoed. It is thought that the work here was done in 1105/6 by an artist from Constantin...
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Square of Archbishop Kyprianos, Πλ. Αρχιεπισκόπου Κυπριανού, Nicosia 1016
09:00 am - 04:00 pm
The building that hosts the museum used to be a Gothic monastery. Architecturally, the main highlight is a beautifully frescoed gothic arch. Inside though, are many items of modern Cypriotic arts and handcrafts. Most of these items were donated to or acquired by the museum from areas that are currently under the rule of Turkish troops. This include...
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Moni Maxaira, Nicosia, Cyprus
08:30 am - 05:30 pm
Dedicated to the Virgin Mary, this monastery was founded in the 12th century. The legend of its founding is interesting: it’s said that when an unknown hermit stole a number of sacred icons away, he or she missed the icon of the Virgin. The icon was found much later by two monks, Neophytos and Ignatius, who macheted their way through plants i...
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Archbishop Kyprianou Sq., Nicosia, Cyprus
09:00 am - 04:00 pm
This place gives you a good insight into Cypriotic spirit! The main thing to see here is the Byzantine Museum – a large collection of images from all over Cyprus that show the nation’s development from the 9th through 19th centuries. Highlights include:
Mosaics of the church of Panagia in Lythragkomi (525-530).
Thirty six pieces of Chr...