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Guidebook for Egkomi

Sightseeing
The Leventis Municipal Museum is located in the centre of the old city and it is home to an extensive collection of Cypriot works include archaeological artifacts, costumes, photographs, medieval pottery, maps and engravings, jewels, and furniture.
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Leventis Municipal Museum of Nicosia
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The Leventis Municipal Museum is located in the centre of the old city and it is home to an extensive collection of Cypriot works include archaeological artifacts, costumes, photographs, medieval pottery, maps and engravings, jewels, and furniture.
This is a walking road full of bars, cafes and shops!
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Ledras
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This is a walking road full of bars, cafes and shops!
Traditional street. Very touristy but worth a visit.
Λαϊκή Γειτονιά
Traditional street. Very touristy but worth a visit.
Buyuk Han (the Great Inn) is on the occupied part of Nicosia and is the largest caravansarai on the island of Cyprus and is considered to be one of the finest buildings on the island. It was built by the Ottomans in 1572, the year after they had seized Cyprus from the Venetians. In the centre of the open courtyard is a mosque with a fountain for pre-prayer ablutions. It became the first city prison under British administration. After spending most of the 1990s being restored, the inn has been revived as a thriving arts centre, consisting of several galleries and workshops. There are also several courtyard cafes and souvenir shops.
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Büyük Han
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Buyuk Han (the Great Inn) is on the occupied part of Nicosia and is the largest caravansarai on the island of Cyprus and is considered to be one of the finest buildings on the island. It was built by the Ottomans in 1572, the year after they had seized Cyprus from the Venetians. In the centre of the open courtyard is a mosque with a fountain for pre-prayer ablutions. It became the first city prison under British administration. After spending most of the 1990s being restored, the inn has been revived as a thriving arts centre, consisting of several galleries and workshops. There are also several courtyard cafes and souvenir shops.
On the occupied side of Cyprus is one of the Mediterranean's most beautiful castle ruins, St. Hilarion's is an old Crusader bastion and the home of plenty of local legends and myths - the most famous being that a fairy queen, who spent her time charming local shepherds, built the castle here. The extensive ramparts and chambers snake up the mountain and are explorer heaven. For those that climb right to the top, the views across a fair chunk of the island are phenomenal. If you only have time to see one castle in Cyprus, make it this one.
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Saint Hilarion Castle
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On the occupied side of Cyprus is one of the Mediterranean's most beautiful castle ruins, St. Hilarion's is an old Crusader bastion and the home of plenty of local legends and myths - the most famous being that a fairy queen, who spent her time charming local shepherds, built the castle here. The extensive ramparts and chambers snake up the mountain and are explorer heaven. For those that climb right to the top, the views across a fair chunk of the island are phenomenal. If you only have time to see one castle in Cyprus, make it this one.
This is the buffer zone crossing that davids the occupied part of cyprus with the south.
Lidras
This is the buffer zone crossing that davids the occupied part of cyprus with the south.
Take the elevator to the top of the Shacolas Tower Museum and Observatory, found on Ledra Street (and sometimes called the Ledra Street Observatory). From here, you have a 360 degree view of the city. It also acts as a museum, so you can get a sense of Nicosia’s history and some of the recent political struggles it’s been through. Not only will you get some amazing shots of the city, you can also orient yourself accordingly, so I recommend heading here early to get a lay of the land.
Shacolas Tower Museum and Observatory
Take the elevator to the top of the Shacolas Tower Museum and Observatory, found on Ledra Street (and sometimes called the Ledra Street Observatory). From here, you have a 360 degree view of the city. It also acts as a museum, so you can get a sense of Nicosia’s history and some of the recent political struggles it’s been through. Not only will you get some amazing shots of the city, you can also orient yourself accordingly, so I recommend heading here early to get a lay of the land.
A jaw-dropping example of religious iconography. It’s quite small, but the ornate gold work is absolutely stunning. Please note that you must wear clothing that covers your knees here, so choose trousers or a long skirt for the day.
St. John Cathedral
A jaw-dropping example of religious iconography. It’s quite small, but the ornate gold work is absolutely stunning. Please note that you must wear clothing that covers your knees here, so choose trousers or a long skirt for the day.
Cyprus has a vibrant coffee culture, so no visit to Nicosia is complete without a stop in a traditional café. Head to Onasagorou Street and choose any of the places under the vines; they will all serve up the perfect Greek coffee, strong and thick. If the weather is nice, which is usually is, sit outside and spend a bit of time people-watching and/or indulging in a hookah. You’ll also find a lot of little souvenir shops around here, and there’s also good shopping along Ledra Street, a pedestrian street.
Onasagorou
Cyprus has a vibrant coffee culture, so no visit to Nicosia is complete without a stop in a traditional café. Head to Onasagorou Street and choose any of the places under the vines; they will all serve up the perfect Greek coffee, strong and thick. If the weather is nice, which is usually is, sit outside and spend a bit of time people-watching and/or indulging in a hookah. You’ll also find a lot of little souvenir shops around here, and there’s also good shopping along Ledra Street, a pedestrian street.
The Famagusta Gate is a gate in the Nicosia walls, Cyprus. It is the chief gate of the city: the Porta Giuliana, or "di sotto" of Fra Stefano Lusignano's " Chorograffia", known as Famagusta Gate in modern times.
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Famagusta Gate
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The Famagusta Gate is a gate in the Nicosia walls, Cyprus. It is the chief gate of the city: the Porta Giuliana, or "di sotto" of Fra Stefano Lusignano's " Chorograffia", known as Famagusta Gate in modern times.
Erected in 1973, the Eleftheria monument refers and honors the Cypriot Independence fight.
Eleftheria Monument
Erected in 1973, the Eleftheria monument refers and honors the Cypriot Independence fight.
The most recognisable landmark in the occupied part of Nicosia, the Selimiye Mosque began life as the Church of Agia Sofia and was finished after a 78-year construction process in 1326. It has been a mosque since the 16th century, when the Ottomans took control of the island. This merging of elaborate medieval church design and the simplicity of mosque design has created a fascinating space with the soaring interior of this typically Gothic structure having been whitewashed and any icon details long taken away. If you'd like to enter, bring a headscarf (for females) and dress modestly (no shorts or shoulderless tops). The mosque is a five-minute walk from the Ledra Street border crossing.
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Selimiye Camii
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The most recognisable landmark in the occupied part of Nicosia, the Selimiye Mosque began life as the Church of Agia Sofia and was finished after a 78-year construction process in 1326. It has been a mosque since the 16th century, when the Ottomans took control of the island. This merging of elaborate medieval church design and the simplicity of mosque design has created a fascinating space with the soaring interior of this typically Gothic structure having been whitewashed and any icon details long taken away. If you'd like to enter, bring a headscarf (for females) and dress modestly (no shorts or shoulderless tops). The mosque is a five-minute walk from the Ledra Street border crossing.
Walled Old City
Built in 1872 on the site of an ancient Orthodox nunnery, this is the largest church within the city walls and is a mixture of neoclassical, Byzantine and Latin styles. The Marble Mausoleum on the eastern side of the church was built in memory of four clerics executed by the Ottoman governor in 1821, during the newly declared Greek War of Independence.
Panayia Phaneromenis
Built in 1872 on the site of an ancient Orthodox nunnery, this is the largest church within the city walls and is a mixture of neoclassical, Byzantine and Latin styles. The Marble Mausoleum on the eastern side of the church was built in memory of four clerics executed by the Ottoman governor in 1821, during the newly declared Greek War of Independence.
Highly recommended!! Amazing food unique atmosphere.
Limoncello Deli-Bar
27a Digeni Akrita
Highly recommended!! Amazing food unique atmosphere.
Parks & Nature
A wonderful and well kept park within the walls of a Greek Orthodox monastery.
Metochi Kykkou
A wonderful and well kept park within the walls of a Greek Orthodox monastery.
Just down the road from the apartment is nicosia municipal gardens. They are the largest municipal gardens in town and host events and festivals regularly.
Nicosia municipal gardens
Just down the road from the apartment is nicosia municipal gardens. They are the largest municipal gardens in town and host events and festivals regularly.
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Athalassa national park
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Alsos Forest (officially Paidagogiko Institouto Alsos) is one of the municipal parks of Nicosia. The park forms an almost unbroken stretch of open land reaching from Pallouriotissa to Aglandjia. To forest is bounded on the northwest by the entrance to the University of Cyprus, and overlooks Cyprus European Presidential building and Aglandjia Public High School, located to its southeast. The park is one of Nicosia's largest ecological havens. It hosts a large playground, cafeteria, paths through the forest for pedestrians, and basketball and football courts.
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University of Cyprus
75 Kallipoleos
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Alsos Forest (officially Paidagogiko Institouto Alsos) is one of the municipal parks of Nicosia. The park forms an almost unbroken stretch of open land reaching from Pallouriotissa to Aglandjia. To forest is bounded on the northwest by the entrance to the University of Cyprus, and overlooks Cyprus European Presidential building and Aglandjia Public High School, located to its southeast. The park is one of Nicosia's largest ecological havens. It hosts a large playground, cafeteria, paths through the forest for pedestrians, and basketball and football courts.
Nicosia is built at the northern end of the Mesaorian Plain, the last geological feature to rise from the sea in the formation of Cyprus. It’s worth visiting at different times of year for the variety of vistas it offers. In springtime, it is green and carpeted with wild flowers, reminiscent of an alpine meadow then, months later it is transformed into a searingly hot dustpan. Years ago a visit to the plain would have seen camel trains crossing, what is effectively a desert in summer, taking fruit from the coastal regions and salt from Akrotiri and Larnaca.
Mesaoria Plain
Nicosia is built at the northern end of the Mesaorian Plain, the last geological feature to rise from the sea in the formation of Cyprus. It’s worth visiting at different times of year for the variety of vistas it offers. In springtime, it is green and carpeted with wild flowers, reminiscent of an alpine meadow then, months later it is transformed into a searingly hot dustpan. Years ago a visit to the plain would have seen camel trains crossing, what is effectively a desert in summer, taking fruit from the coastal regions and salt from Akrotiri and Larnaca.
Arts & Culture
This is the oldest and largest archeological museum in Cyprus.
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The Cyprus Museum
1 Museum
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This is the oldest and largest archeological museum in Cyprus.
Here you’ll see some of the most beautiful and historically important mosaics of Cyprus. Some of the pieces have been retrieved after looting and vandalism, so it makes it all the more special to see these ancient relics, some of which date back to the 12th century.
Byzantine Museum
Here you’ll see some of the most beautiful and historically important mosaics of Cyprus. Some of the pieces have been retrieved after looting and vandalism, so it makes it all the more special to see these ancient relics, some of which date back to the 12th century.
Featuring almost exclusively modern Cypriot art, it’s a wonderful way to see how Cypriot culture is changing and expanding. Try to catch the owner, Michael Zampelas, for a chat; he’s full of stories and a huge advocate of the arts.
Loukia and Michael Zampelas Art Museum
Featuring almost exclusively modern Cypriot art, it’s a wonderful way to see how Cypriot culture is changing and expanding. Try to catch the owner, Michael Zampelas, for a chat; he’s full of stories and a huge advocate of the arts.
The recent history of Cyprus (18th-20th Century) told through the eyes of travelling artists.
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CVAR/Severis Foundation
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The recent history of Cyprus (18th-20th Century) told through the eyes of travelling artists.
he House of Hadjigeorgakis Kornesios is the most important example of urban architecture of the last century of Ottoman domination that survives in old Lefkosia. It is situated near the Archbishopric, in the neighbourhood of Saint Antonios, where the wealthy notables of the Greek community traditionally used to live.
The Hadjigeorgakis Kornesios Mansion
20 Patriarchou Grigoriou
he House of Hadjigeorgakis Kornesios is the most important example of urban architecture of the last century of Ottoman domination that survives in old Lefkosia. It is situated near the Archbishopric, in the neighbourhood of Saint Antonios, where the wealthy notables of the Greek community traditionally used to live.
he Ethnographic Museum presents a fine collection of 19th and early 20th century folk art in the beautiful old Archbishopric in the heart of Lefkosia (Nicosia).The building of the Museum dates back to the 15th century and is Gothic with earlier additions.
Cyprus Folk Art Museum
he Ethnographic Museum presents a fine collection of 19th and early 20th century folk art in the beautiful old Archbishopric in the heart of Lefkosia (Nicosia).The building of the Museum dates back to the 15th century and is Gothic with earlier additions.
Shopping
Carrefour supermarket, Super Home Centre DIY, Debenhams clothing shop and many more.
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Carrefour supermarket, Super Home Centre DIY, Debenhams clothing shop and many more.
Getting Around
Tourist Information Centre in the heart of Nicosia.
Cyprus Tourist Information Centre
Tourist Information Centre in the heart of Nicosia.
This is the bus hub of Nicosia.
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Central Bus Station
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This is the bus hub of Nicosia.
Gas Station / Petrol Pump
EKO
Essentials
This is the location to Nicosia General Hospital. Public hospital are nightmares but they can be lifesavers at times.
Nicosia General Hospital
This is the location to Nicosia General Hospital. Public hospital are nightmares but they can be lifesavers at times.
Private Hospital close to my location.
Apollonion Private Hospital
20 Lefkotheou
Private Hospital close to my location.
Go here for a long steam in one of the most beautiful hamams in Cyprus, and follow it up with a massage in one of their private cabanas.
Hamam
Go here for a long steam in one of the most beautiful hamams in Cyprus, and follow it up with a massage in one of their private cabanas.
British High Commission Nicosia
Entertainment & Activities
K-Cineplex Nicosia
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Lapatsa Riding School, Tseri, Nicosia (Cyprus), opened over 30 years ago and has been the leading equestrian establishment on the Island ever since. It currently teaches riders from beginners to International level in both dressage and show jumping, using its team of staff and hosting clinics with visitors from further all around the world. It’s facilities include indoor and outdoor arenas which regularly host competitions for the Cyprus Equestrian Federation, a purpose built lunging arena and a horse exerciser which is computer programmed.
Lapatsa Riding School
Lapatsa Riding School, Tseri, Nicosia (Cyprus), opened over 30 years ago and has been the leading equestrian establishment on the Island ever since. It currently teaches riders from beginners to International level in both dressage and show jumping, using its team of staff and hosting clinics with visitors from further all around the world. It’s facilities include indoor and outdoor arenas which regularly host competitions for the Cyprus Equestrian Federation, a purpose built lunging arena and a horse exerciser which is computer programmed.
Rooms of Adventure. 60 min with your team to find your way out. The absolute adventure in Nicosia. Puzzles and experiments are your help to escape the room.
Adventure Rooms Cyprus
Rooms of Adventure. 60 min with your team to find your way out. The absolute adventure in Nicosia. Puzzles and experiments are your help to escape the room.
The Municipal Swimming Pool is part of the group of Nicosia swimming pools, which includes the Olympic Swimming Pool complex that is under the management of the Cyprus Sports Organisation. Inaugurated on 22 April 1989, the Municipal Swimming Pool opened to the public in June of the same year. It is located in the Ayios Andreas area, between the House of Representatives, the Supreme Court and the Ministry of Agriculture.
Municipal Swimming Pool
The Municipal Swimming Pool is part of the group of Nicosia swimming pools, which includes the Olympic Swimming Pool complex that is under the management of the Cyprus Sports Organisation. Inaugurated on 22 April 1989, the Municipal Swimming Pool opened to the public in June of the same year. It is located in the Ayios Andreas area, between the House of Representatives, the Supreme Court and the Ministry of Agriculture.
Swimming pool!
Eleon Leisure Park
3 Ploutarchou
Swimming pool!