There's plenty to see and do in Nicosia, despite not
offering lovely Mediterranean beaches. As one might expect from the
capital of such a culturally and historically rich country, the
city has a number of wonderful museums.
The Cyprus Archaeological Museum holds a breathtaking
collection of artefacts from all over the country, while the
Leventis Municipal Museum has a great overview of the history of
Nicosia spanning ancient times through to modern day. The Byzantine
Museum boasts remarkable religious art and iconography, and the
Ethnographic Museum is a must if you are interested in the folk
traditions of Cyprus.
Some of the most incredible attractions in Nicosia
are religious buildings, such as St John's Cathedral, the official
state church of Cyprus. It is comparatively small for a cathedral
but the interior is wondrous.
Alternatively, Nicosia's Old Town is strewn with
attractions for visitors and is a good area to begin your
sightseeing in the city. A stroll around the old walls is a must,
with the surrounding pleasant gardens adding to the experience.
There are also relics and remains to be found a short
distance beyond the city. The ancient settlement of Tamassos makes
for an exciting excursion from Nicosia and offers some thrilling
ruins for exploration, as well as being the location of a rich
archaeological site containing a necropolis and tombs.
Cyprus Archaeological Museum
The Cyprus Archaeological Museum was established to collect, study, and display archaeological artefacts from all over the island. Located at a different site, the first museum was established in 1888 and some of the exhibits are some 8,500 years old. The museum... see full details
The Byzantine Museum in the Old City of Nicosia displays the largest collection of art on Cyprus. The museum contains an art gallery exhibiting oil paintings, maps, and lithographs, giving visitors insight into Cypriot culture and history. There are around 230 icons... see full details
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