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duhoz
Beroun, Czech Republic7,237 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
The gate was built in 1567 by Venetians as a part of the new city walls. The current purpose is host the tourist center. But the office was closed and it is not conveniently located as is at the end of the city, the best location would be at the check-point. Good to take a pics and stroll a little but around but there is heavy traffic around the gate.
Written November 19, 2022
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nsander219
Chelmsford, UK640 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
Interesting to see this as the original main gate from the North as it is very restrictive in size but then it was turbulent times. The British put a road around both sides to improve access and egress and probably saved the original structure rather than demolish it. I believe it is a Tourist Office but it was shut about 10am.
Written May 5, 2022
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afy
Kyrenia, Cyprus5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Friends
Place is not bad but it's disappointment because it is very Small and you can't see different or fantastic items.
Only this gate's landscape is very nice exactly.
Sea and mountain but I think you need to go in summer
Written January 9, 2020
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Brian T
London, UK8,048 contributions
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Aug 2019
The Kyrenia Gate (it may be noted as the Girne Gate) is one of three entrances which were built into the historic Venetian walls which enclosed the old City of Nicosia. It’s located in the northern part of walled quarter of Lefkoşa, the Turkish occupied part of Nicosia. The other two gates are the Paphos Gate at the western end of Lefkosia, and the Famagusta Gate at the eastern end of Lefkosia. I have reviewed each separately, as they all warrant a visit in their own right, for different reasons.

It's a little squarish, squat construction, built between 1562 and 1567 from stones of the former medieval wall which the Venetian walls replaced. The little square tower on top, and the dome, were added in 1821. There's a stone panel on the building which records the date of its construction, and also a table inscribed with some verses from the Quran.

It was a part of the continuim of the Venetian wall, until the British demolished sections of the wall around it in 1931 to facilitate the flow of traffic. What a shame, as the gate now stands isolated in the middle of a dual carriageway. The surrounding space has a number of significant statues, and is a bit of a focal point for gatherings and political rallies.

Today, the gate is put to use as the Tourist Office of Nicosia Turkish Municipality. It was thus named as from this point the road led north-east up to Kryenia (now Girne).

It's very pleasing to the eye, and looked beautifully grand in the afternoon sunlight, with the trees behind and the mountains beyond. It's certainly worth a visit if architecture and local history is of interest to you - that's why I went. If you are visiting Lefkoşa (the norther quarter of Nicosia) from the south, you'll need to head north from the Ledra Street Crossing, through Ataturk Square, and along Girne Caddesi to the gate. That's an easy 20 minute walk.

I really appreciated this little corner of the history of Cyprus.
Written August 15, 2019
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Ali U
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Solo
In 1878 the administration of the island was officially transferred to the British Empire. Nicosia became the colony's capital. During the British occupation Nicosia developed not only within the walls but also outside the historical centre. When the British took over Cyprus they entered Nicosia from the Kyrenia Gate. During the Ottoman period there were gate wardens. Horoz Ali (Ali, The Rooster) was the warden of the Kyrenia Gate and lived in the room on the second floor. Horoz Ali, was allowed by the new administration to carry on his duty of closing the doors at sunset and opening them after the morning Azan was recited. He continued his job until he died in 1946 at the age of 121. From then on the worn out doors of the Kyrenia Gate remained open at all times. In 1931 the walls on either side of the Kyrenia Gate were knocked down to create a road after one of Nicosia's first buses turned out to be too high to go through the original gate.
Written December 2, 2017
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Bari U
Washington DC, DC35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Solo
Walking straight from the Byuk Han, you come to the Kyrenia Gate. This is a lively spot with cafes and shops. Also a good place to catch those convenient mini busses to Kyrenia and Guzelyurt
Written April 18, 2017
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InisFada
Long Island, NY176 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
The North Nicosia Tourist Info Office is located inside of the Kyrenia Gate. Walking tours start here but when I asked about the free walking tour that they sponsored, the staff knew knothing about it. But they gave me a map and I took my own walking tour of North Nicosia
Written October 8, 2019
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Shrinkingworld
Brisbane, Australia369 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Solo
Having passed through the checkpoint Kyrenia gate is where you can pick up the buses to travel into the Turkish side of the island.
The tourist information is inside the gate. There are a few restaurants near here serving local food.
Written March 2, 2019
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thelonious22
Seongnam4,383 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Solo
It's worth a look as all the mini buses to other parts of Northern Cyprus leave near the gate...it's not a towering gate, but very well maintained...
Written April 5, 2017
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djpend
Preston, UK1,068 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2014 • Friends
Coming south from Kyrenia you pass this imposing gate in the Venetian Wall. It is worth a brief stop for a closer look.at the vvvenetian and Ottoman inscriptions.
Written November 24, 2014
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