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Lefkoşa (Nicosia) Region

Let curiosity be your guide in this unhurried city of great character

Lefkoşa is the capital and the largest city of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), which has a population of around 73,000. Home to the main government headquarters and foreign representatives, it is also the seat for the United Nations and the European Commission offices.

Open Borders

Lefkoşa is the last remaining divided capital city in the world, with the northern (Turkish) and southern (Greek) parts divided by the "green line" boundary. However, since 2003, there have been no restrictions on border crossings for EU citizens in Cyprus, who are free to cross and spend as much time as they wish on either side of the border by producing their ID cards or passports at crossing points which are open 24 hours a day.
At present, there are five crossing points where pedestrians can cross, Ledra Palace and Ledra Street (Lokmaci)border gates in Lefkoşa are most commonly used.

Impressive Ancient Architecture

The city’s ramparts were built by the Venetians in 1570 and encircle the city with 11 towers. Inside the city walls are beautiful examples of Gothic and Ottoman architectural forms, among which are the Selimiye Mosque (St. Sophia Cathedral), Bedesten (covered bazaar - St. George Cathedral), the Buyuk Han (Grand Inn), the Kumarcilar Han (Gamblers' Inn), the Sufi (Mevlana) Museum, and countless other monuments. Like the other towns of Cyprus which remained under Ottoman rule for more than 300 years, Lefkoşa too is typically Turkish in character but with the richness of its multicultural heritage and Ottoman principles of religious and cultural tolerance.

Don’t Miss:

bullet Bedesten Constructed in the 12th century, this Byzantine church (St. Nicholas Church) more >>>
bullet Belediye Pazari (Municipal Market) Lefkosa Belediye Pazari, known locally as the Bandabuliya more >>>
bullet Büyük Han (Grand Inn) Dating back to the 16th century, this Ottoman building situated in Asmalti Street more >>>
bullet City Walls In 1567, just before the conquest of Cyprus by the Ottomans, the Venetians started more >>>
bullet Derviş Paşa Mansion The owner of this two-storey 19th century mansion was Derviş Paşa more >>>
bullet Kumarcilar Han (Gambler’s Inn) This small building, asymmetrical in plan, of hewn stone more >>>
bullet Lusignan House The mansion from the 15th century, which is situated within the Lefkosa moat more >>>
bullet Museum of Mevlevi Tekke South of the Kyrenia Gate, you will find the Mevlana Museum more >>>
bullet Selimiye Mosque The Selimiye Mosque is one of the most important mosques in North Cyprus more >>>

 

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