About Nicosia

Pictures from Nicosia


Cyprus Museum

Mouseiou 1. Fascinating collection of Cypriot antiquities and treasures from the Neolithic Age to the Early Byzantine period. Mon-Sat:09:00-17:00 Sun:10:00-13:00

The Leventis Municipal Museum of Nicosia

Ippokratous 17, near Laiki Geitonia. The historical museum of Lefkosia revives life in the capital from ancient times to the present. Tues-Sun:10:00-16:30

Byzantine Museum and Art Galleries

Archbishop Makarios III Foundation Cultural Centre, Plateia Arch,Kyprianou. Largest collection of icons on the island, covering the 9th to 18th centuries. The Art Galleries contain oil paintings, maps and lithographs. Mon - Fri: 09:00-16:30; Sat:09:00-13:00

Agios Ioannis Cathedral

Plateia Arch. Kyprianou. Built by Archbishop Nikiforos in 1662, the 18th-century wall paintings depict scenes from the Bible and the discovery of the tomb of Saint Barnabas. Mon-Sat: 08:00-12:00; 14:00-16:00 (and during mass)

Archbishopric(Old and New)

Plateia Arch.Kyprianou. Center of the Cyprus Orthodox Church, the new Archbishopric was built in a neo-Byzantine style in 1960. The Old Archbishopric houses the Folk Art Museum.

National Struggle Museum

Behind the Old Archbishopric. Documents, photographs and other memorabilia of the 1955-1959 National Liberation Struggle.

Ethnological Museum - The House of Chatzigeorgakis Kornesios

Patriarchou Gregoriou 20. The most important 18th-century building in Lefkosia. It won the 1988 Europa Nostra Award. Once the residence of the Dragoman Chatzigeorgakis Kornesios. Mon-Fri:08:00-14:00; Sat:09:00-13:00

Famagusta Gate

Leoforos Athinon. The Venetian walls which encircle the old city possess eleven heart-shaped bastions. The city has three gates. One of them, the Porta Giuliana called Famagusta Gate, is now the Lefkosia Municipal Cultural Centre. Used for exhibitions, conferences, lectures and various performances. Mon-Fri: 10:00-13:00; 16:00-19:00; (17:00-20:00, June-August).

Chrysaliniotissa Church

Within walking distance from the Archbishopric. Considered the oldest Byzantine church in Lefkosia, it is dedicated to 'Our Lady of the Golden Flax' and is believed to have been built in 1450 by Queen Helena Palaeologos.

Omeriye Mosque

Near the main Municipal Market within the walled city. Converted into a mosque in 1571 by Mustapha Pasha. Most of the original building was destroyed by Ottoman artillery. The door of the main entrance belongs to the 14th-century Lusignan building. Mon-Sat:10:00-12:30; 13:30-15:30

Faneromeni Church

Onasagorou within the old city. Built in 1872. The marble mausoleum to the east of the church contains the relics of the bishops and priests executed by the Turks in 1821.

State Gallery of Contemporary Art

Leoforos Stasinou and Kritis. Representative collection of paintings and sculpture by 20th-century Cypriot artists. Mon-Fri:10:00-17:00; Sat:10:00-13:00

Cyprus Handicraft Centre

Leoforos Athalassas 186. The centre aims to promote and enrich traditional folk art and craft skills. It has work shops and a showroom /shop on the premises. Workshops: Mon-Fri:07:30-14:30; Thurs:15:00-18:00 (except June-August) Shop: Mon-Fri:07:30-14:30; Thurs:15:00-18:00 (except June-August)

The Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre

Apostolou Varnava 19. Housed in the old power station, one of the finest examples of industrial architecture in Cyprus. The Center's aim is to promote contemporary creativity at its highest level. Tues-Sat:10:00-15:00; 17:00-23:00 Sun:10:00-16:00

Agioi Apostoloi Church, Ancient City-Kingdom of Idalion

19Km south of Lefkosia. The church contains some beautiful 12th century frescoes. Outside the nearby village of Dali lies the ancient city-Kingdom of Idalion, which is under excavation. According to mythology, Adonis, lover of the goddess Aphrodite, was killed by a wild boar sent by her jealous husband here.


Politiko village, 20 Km southwest of Lefkosia. Tamasos was a rich city-Kingdom in ancient Cyprus renowned for its copper mines. Excavations have brought to light the relics of Aphrodite-Astarte. Tues-Fri:09:00-15:00; Sat-Sun:10:00-15:00

Agios Irakleidios Convent

Politiko village, 0.5 Km from the Royal Tombs. When Saints Paul and Barnabas came to Cyprus, they were guided to Tamassos by Irakleidios. He was martyred and buried in the cave where he had lived and preached. The monastery, founded in 400 AD, was destroyed and rebuilt several times until Archbishop Chrysanthos renovated it in 1773. The relics of the saints are kept in a silver case.

Machairas Monastery

41 Km south of Lefkosia through Deftera and Pera villages. Founded by two monks in 1148, when an icon of the Virgin Mary was found in a nearby cave, the monastery is set in a picturesque dip in the Machairas Mountains.


1.5 Km east of Gourri village (Machairas Lefkosia Road via Klirou). The village has been declared an ancient monument to preserve the remarkable woodwork and folk architecture of the 16th- and 18th-century houses. Some of the houses received the Europa Nostra Award in 1987. Opening times vary.

Tourist Information

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