Culture and History
Nicosia consists of two different parts: the old, original part of the city, surrounded by sturdy Venetian walls and a busy modern city.
Places worth visiting in the District of Nicosia
If you are a history buff, you will find more artifacts in this museum than you can take in. This museum consists of fourteen rooms and exhibits follow a chronological order.
The oldest artifacts in Room I (tools, stone vessels and figurines) date back to the Neolithic era.
Do not miss the marble statue of Aphrodite from Soli, which is the symbol of the island. Other highlights include bronze age pottery, gold jewellery, the lions and sphinxes from Tamassos necropolis, the clay figurines from Agia Irini sanctuary and limestone sarcophagi decorated with carvings.
Leventis Municipal Museum of Nicosia
The Leventis Municipal Museum is located in the old city, not far from the Venetian Walls, Ledras street, Faneromeni Church and Laiki Yeitonia.
All of these places are well worth visiting, and this museum is conveniently located right in the middle.
The objects hosted in permanent showrooms offer visitors a journey through the history of the island. Permanent exhibitions include the Nicosia Gallery with objects dating from the ancient times; the Byzantine Gallery, the Frankish and Venetian Galleries, the Ottoman Gallery, the British Gallery and the Republic of Cyprus Gallery.
On the ground floor there is a display of ancient and medieval pottery and the Caterina Cornaro Gallery with some interesting 19th century paintings.
In addition there are also temporary exhibitions regularly at this museum.
Byzantine Museum and Art Galleries
This museum is located at the centre of old town in Nicosia and it is worthwhile to visit. The artworks dated 15th - 19th century were collected from Archbishop Makarios III in 1963.
The Byzantine Museum has wonderful icons from various churches, some of these were in the Turkish occupied area, sold by smugglers of antiquities, but at last have returned.
Ledra Museum Observatory
Housed on the 11th floor of the Shakolas building on Ledra Street, where you can take in 360 degree panoramic views of the whole of Nicosia town.
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