Access to the sea: no
Nicosia is the capital of the Republic of Cyprus. The city is one of the oldest capitals in the world. It is older than Cairo and Tehran.
Today Nicosia is divided into two parts because of political controversies. It happened in 1974 when Turkish forces invaded the island and occupied its Northern part and half of the capital. The expansion was stopped by UN peacekeepers. Walking around the center of Nicosia you can come across six checkpoints which represent the border between two parts of the city.
The headquarters of many governmental agencies, major research centers, and embassies of foreign countries are located here, in Nicosia. Central offices of the authorities, which are responsible for the real estate and construction issues are also based in Nicosia.
Tourists attractions of Nicosia
What to visit in Nicosia?
Visit the main shopping street in Nicosia - Ledra street, where you will find many stores, shops, and boutiques with a variety of traditional cypriot products. Nearby is the Faneromeni Church, its name is translated as "the one who appeared." There are three gates in Nicosia, the legacy of the middle ages - Famagusta Gate, Kyrenai Gate and Paphos Gate. Seeing them you will immediately feel the history spirit that prevails here. Archbishop's Palace is another must-see sight in Nicosia. It was rebuilt in the twentieth century, but the new building replicates the ancient Byzantine palace and looks very impressive.