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Cyprus: Things To See & Do

Ayia Napa: Things To See & Do

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The Venetian Famagusta Gate

Built in 1570, these ancient walls form a perfect circle around the heart of the city, with eleven heart-shaped bastioned spaced at regular intervals. This particular gate is most famous of all, as it is the best restored and now serves as the Lefkosia (Nicosia) Municipal Cultural Centre.

 


 

The Presidential Palace

Built in 1930, this is the finest architectural monument from the British period and has been painstakingly restored to its original splendour.


St John’s Cathedral

Built in 1662 by Archbishop Nikiforos, this cathedral is prized for its iconostasis of carved wood covered with gold leaf and magnificent double-headed eagles.


 

Cyprus Archaeological Museum

Originally built in 1908 as a tribute to Queen Victoria, this museum has an international reputation for its excellent collection dating all the way back the the Neolithic period. There are artefacts from practically every major civilization here, testament to Cyprus’ importance in past days.

Larnaca: Things To See & Do

 

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The Ruins of Kitium

Larnaca’s most popular historical attractions are the ruins of ancient Kitium, a city which is said to have been founded by the grandson of Noah, though historical evidence points to a more prosaic origin as a Mycenean town. Kitium is most famous as the birthplace of 4th Century Stoic philosopher Zeno. Nowadays, the ruins of its walls and about five temples are all that remain, but they continue to draw thousands of visitors every year.

 


 

The Church of St. Lazarus (Ayios Lazaros Church)

This lovely 9th Century Orthodox Church in the heart of town is said to be built over the tomb of St Lazarus, the bother of Mary and Marta. Apart from its legendary origin, the church is also notable for  its baroque carvings and lovely icons.


Hala Sulatan Tekke Mosque

Perched beside the Larnaca Salt Lake near Larnaca airport is this quiet mosque, which is built on the site where Umm Haram, the foster mother of the Prophet Muhammad, is said to have been buried. The mosque is a pilgrimage site for devout Muslims. The nearby Salt Lake was once an important source of the mineral for locals, until the salt was declared unfit for human consumption; still, the lake itself is popular for the flocks of pink flamingoes which usually appear in spring.

 


 

Larnaca Archaeological Museum

The town’s most comprehensive museum has interesting exhibits covering Larnaca’s history from the Neolithic period all the way to the Roman era.

 


Larnaca Fort

Located on the seafront, this former prison is today best known for the small archaeological museum housed within, which is itself best visited for the interesting exhibits of items recovered from the Kitium and Hala Sultan Tekke excavations. For locals, it is also important as the town’s Municipal Cultural Centre.

 


 

Choirokoitia

Located about 30km from Larnaca, the fascinating Neolithic settlement was included on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list because of its remarkable state of preservation, as one of the earliest (dating as early as 6800 BC) and most completely preserved of such sites in the world.

Nicosia: Things To See & Do

 

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Folk Art Museum

Wide collection of Cypriot folk art of the 19th and early 20th century, including wood-carved

objects, tapestry, embroidery, pottery, national costumes and hand-woven materials.

 

Details

Opening Hrs: Mondav-Friday: 8.30am -1pm, 2pm -4pm; Saturday: 8.30am -1pm. Closed     on Christmas Day. New Years Day and Easter Sunday (Greek Orthodox).
Pricing:

Ft600 (concessions available)

Contact:

Tel: (02)463205


The Venetian Famagusta Gate

Built in 1570, these ancient walls form a perfect circle around the heart of the city, with eleven heart-shaped bastioned spaced at regular intervals. This particular gate is most famous of all,

as it is the best restored and now serves as the Lefkosia (Nicosia) Municipal Cultural Centre

 

Details

Opening Hrs: Monday to Friday: 10am – 1pm, 4pm – 7pm (8pm in June & August). Closed on Christmas Day. New Years Day and Easter Sunday (Greek Orthodox).
Pricing:

Ft600 (concessions available)

Contact:

Tel: (02) 430877


 

The Presidential Palace

Built in 1930, this is the finest architectural monument from the British period and has been painstakingly restored to its original splendour.

 


St John’s Cathedral

Built in 1662 by Archbishop Nikiforos and dedicated to Saint John the Theologian, this cathedral

is famed for its iconostasis of gold-leaf covered wood and majestic double-headed eagles.

 

Details

Opening Hrs: Monday to Friday: 8am to 12pm and 2pm to 4pm; Saturday: 8am to 12pm     and during mass
Getting Here: Archbishop Kyprianos square, Archbishopric

 


 

Cyprus Archaeological Museum

Originally built in 1908 as a tribute to Queen Victoria, this museum has an international

reputation for its excellent collection dating all the way back the the Neolithic period. There

are artefacts from practically every major civilization here, testament to Cyprus’ importance

in past days.

 

Details

Opening Hrs: Mon-Sat: 09-17; Sun: 10-13. Closed on Christmas Day, New Years Day    and Easter Sunday (Greek Orthodox).
Pricing:

Adult ticket: GBP1.50; 20% discount for groups of 10 or more.

Contact:

(22) 865 864, 865 888

Getting Here: 1 Mouseiou Street, Old City

 


Laiki Yitonia

One of the best preserved historic areas of the city, this pedestrian area in the walled city

is filled with traditional houses, shops and winding alleyways, restored as typical examples

of native Cypriot urban architecture.

 


 

The National Struggle Museum

One year after the independence of Cyprus, this thought-provoking museum was established

to document the struggle for independence from the British.

 

Details

Opening Hrs: 1 June to31 August: Monday-Friday, 7.30am – 1.30pm, 3pm – 5pm;  Saturday: 07.30-1.30pm.
Pricing:

Token fee of GBP 0.25.


Cyprus Handicraft Centre

Part of a state-back move to preserve Cyprus’s traditional folk arts and crafts, this centre

dedicates itself to helping local artisans improve and market their high-quality products.

 

Details

Opening Hrs: Workshops: Mon-Fri, 07:30am – 1:30pm & Thurs, 3pm – 6pm (except June-August).  Shop: Mon-Fri, 07:30am – 1:30pm & Thurs, 3pm – 6pm (except June-August). closed on Christmas Day, New Years Day & Easter Sunday (Greek Orthodox).
Pricing:

Token fee of GBP 0.25.

Contact:

Tel:(02) 30-5024

Getting Here: Athalassa Avenue

 

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