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Cyprus Archaeological Museum Leventis Municipal Museum & A.G. Leventis Gallery

Limassol Castle

Limassol Castle 796 x 1200

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Explore the history of the island at the Cyprus Museum, which houses a remarkable assortment of archaeological artefacts. By means of intricate mosaics and ancient artefacts, this museum offers an enthralling tour of the extensive history of Cyprus.

The Leventis Municipal Museum of Nicosia is situated within the old city within the walls, near Eleftheria Square. The history of the city of Nicosia, from ancient times to the present, is artfully presented in a complex of traditional buildings on Hippocrates Street no.15-17.

A. G. Leventis Gallery: Nicosia is a proud host of the art collection of the late Anastasios Leventis. This tribute to European art is housed in a customized art gallery.

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Museums

Museums

Museums

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Larnaka District Archaeological Museum houses a large collection of archaeological findings from the district of Larnaka, including the ancient city-kingdom of Kition, and the main Neolithic settlements of Choirokitia and KalavasosThe museum exhibits include artefacts from the Neolithic period, the Copper Era and the Archaic, Classical, Hellenistic and Roman periods. The remains of the ancient port city-kingdom of Kition is just 100 meters to the north of the museum. Kition was first established by the Mycenaean Greeks towards the end of the 13th Century BC, and later on redesigned by the Phoenicians during the 9th Century BC.

Pierides Museum – Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation is the oldest private museum in Cyprus, and is housed in the ancestral Pierides family home – a colonial style building built in 1815. The museum’s comprehensive collection was assembled by the Pierides family and includes some of the most representative items of the island’s civilization. The objects on display date from 4000 BC to the 15th Century AD, and are an important testimony to a centuries-old civilization that flourished in Cyprus.

Larnaka Historic Archives Museum is located at the entrance of the Phinikoudes promenade on Europe square and it is housed in a complex of 1881 British colonial buildings. The museum’s collection charts the life in Larnaka through books, documents, artefacts and items that cover politics, religion, professions, arts, science and culture. Municipal Museum of Natural History is located within the grounds of the Municipal Gardens and its park.

Larnaka’s Municipal Museum of Natural History displays a number of thematic collections, including local reptiles, insects, birds, animals, marine life, fossils and rock formations.

Municipal Art Gallery is one of the old 1881 colonial buildings on Europe square, at the entrance of the Phinikoudes promenade. The Municipal Art Gallery regularly hosts thematic exhibitions featuring a wide range of artists from Cyprus and abroad.



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Nicosia Villages

Nicosia Villages

Nicosia Villages

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Short distances and modern road networks will facilitate your trip and afford you the opportunity to experience the wild beauty of the Cypriot countryside. Discover a picturesque valley with brilliant views in all directions. Traditional villages with cobbled streets are spread throughout the rural areas of the Nicosia district.

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Troodos Mountains

Troodos Mountains

Troodos Mountains

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Troodos is the largest mountain range in Cyprus, located in roughly the center of the island. Troodos’ highest peak is Mount Olympus at 1,952 meters, which hosts four ski slopes. The Troodos mountain range stretches across most of the western side of Cyprus.There are many famous mountain resorts, Byzantine monasteries and churches on mountain peaks, and nestling in its valleys and picturesque mountains are villages clinging to terraced hill slopes. The area has been known since antiquity for its mines, which for centuries supplied copper to the entire Mediterranean. In the Byzantine period it became a great centre of Byzantine art, as churches and monasteries were built in the mountains, away from the threatened coastline. The Troodos mountains are known worldwide for their geology and the presence of an undisturbed ophiolite sequence, the Troodos Ophiolite. These mountains slowly rose from the sea due to the collision of the African and European tectonic plates, a process that eventually formed the island of Cyprus. The slowing and near-cessation of this process left the rock formations near intact, while subsequent erosion uncovered the magma chamber underneath the mountain, allowing a viewing of intact rocks and petrified pillow lava formed millions of years ago, an excellent example of ophiolite stratigraphy. The observations of the Troodos ophiolite by Ian Graham Gass and co-workers was one of the key points that led to the theory of sea floor spreading. Walk through the forests on one of the nature trails and take in the wonderful scents and aromas and enjoy looking at the waterfalls and surrounding views.


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Nicosia UNESCO Churches with Frescoes

Nicosia UNESCO Churches with Frescoes

Nicosia UNESCO Churches with Frescoes

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Limassol castle lies in the centre of the old city and above the old harbour. Based on local Cypriot tradition, Richard the Lion heart married Berengaria of Navarre and crowned her Queen of England right here in 1191.The fort has suffered damage throughout the years from the hands of many different invaders to the island, and from various destructive earthquakes. In 1590 the Ottomans rebuilt the castle as it stands today. The original fort was larger. The subsequent rebuild includes parts of the original fort, such as the two oblong halls of the ground floor. The basement contains cells which were used as a prison until 1950.


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Nicosia Monasteries

Nicosia Monasteries

Nicosia Monasteries

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The Mesaoria region, scattered with small villages and ancient monasteries, lies west of Nicosia. If you’ve got your own means of transport, the area is ideal for a daily excursion. Visit Machairas Monastery (a monastery dedicated to the Virgin Mary), sitting in splendid isolation on a rugged mountain topOr, take the journey to the Monastery of Agios Irakleidios and the archaeological site of Ancient Tamassos – an old copper-working town that dates back to the 6th century BC. The beautiful Kykkos Monastery, dedicated to Panagia (the Virgin Mary), boasts the Byzantine heritage of the island in all its glory.The inside walls covered with beautiful mosaic that tell stories from the old and new bible. Northwest of the Kykkos Monastery discover the majestic Throni. Perched up on a mountain top is a temple dedicated to the Virgin Mary known as the Throne of Panagia. The temple was recently rebuilt combining Byzantine and modern architecture. Walk along the impressive pedestrian street decorated with mosaics, leading to the statue of the island’s first president l, Archbishop Makarios III. Just a few meters below discover the tomb of the first president. While exploring the area enjoy the magnificent views of the Pafos forest.


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The Hadjigeorgakis Kornesios Mansion

The Hadjigeorgakis Kornesios Mansion

The Hadjigeorgakis Kornesios Mansion

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The Archontiko (mansion) of Hadjigeorgakis Kornesios is the house where the dragoman Hadjigeorgakis Kornesios and his family lived between 1793 and 1808. This house is the most important example of urban architecture of the last century of Ottoman domination that survives in old Lefkosia (Nicosia). It sits near the Archbishopric, in the neighbourhood of Saint Antonios, where the wealthy notabilities of the Greek community traditionally used to live.


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Contact Number: +357 22305316


Entrance: Free


Opening Hours

Tuesday – Friday: 08:30 – 15:30
Saturday: 09:30 – 16:30
Closed on Monday and Sunday


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Old City Architecture

Old City Architecture

Old City Architecture

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With its 5000 yearlong history, walking is the ideal way to get a feeling of the character, history and continual cultural development of Nicosia (Lefkosia). Despite its historical difficulties, Nicosia is still the heart of Cyprus. This can be seen through the ongoing efforts to revitalize the old city, especially through the Nicosia Master Plan, executed under the auspices of the United Nations. Walking through Laiki Geitonia, you will see some remarkable examples of traditional urban architecture, such as the Leventis Municipal Museum and small art workshops.


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Shacolas Tower

Shacolas Tower

Shacolas Tower

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The Shacolas Tower houses a museum which combines a modern museum with an unimpeded and striking panoramic view of the entire city. It can be found on the 11th floor of the tower. It contains photographs and descriptions of Old Nicosia, and a multilingual documented history. The tower’s has an observatory with various-sized telescopes and is open daily from 10am to 8pm.


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Contact Number: +357 22674139


Opening Hours

Monday – Sunday: 10:00 – 18:00


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