Famagusta Gate
Famagusta Gate
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afy
Kyrenia, Cyprus5 contributions
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Jun 2019 • Friends
This monument has been converted into a cultural multipurpose hall with three long galleries and for this it also won the Europa Nostra award exactly different historical objects
Written January 9, 2020
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Brian T
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Aug 2019
The Famagusta Gate is one of three entrances which were built into the historic Venetian walls which enclosed the old City of Nicosia The other two gates are the Paphos Gate at the western end of Lefkosia, and the Kyrenia Gate in Lefkoşa, at the northern end of the Turkish occupied part of Nicosia. I have reviewed each separately, as they all warrant a visit in their own right, for different reasons.

It's certainly worth a visit if you are interested in architecture, and the history of Nicosia and its Venetian walls (as I am). It's a bit of a walk from Ledra Street, and is located in the east of the city next to the Caraffa bastion, not far from the Green Line where it crosses the Venetian walls in the east.

It's a squat, solid stone gate, built in the 1560s, and is the largest of the three gates in the Venetian walls. It's also well preserved, being restored in 1981. It's so named because it opened onto the road which led to the important harbour town of Famagusta. I didn't think it's the most visually impressive of the gates; my choice there gores to the Kyrenia Gate in Lefkoşa in the Turkish occupied north. Apparently it's a copy of a gate in Heraklion in Crete.

It consists of two gates which are connected by a vaulted tunnel passage. There's a domed room in the middle of the tunnel to let light in. During the Ottoman occupation its said that Turks / Muslims could ride on horseback through the gate, whilst everyone else had to walk.

Today its used as a cultural venue, for concerts and venues. The door was open when I visited, so I got a good glimpse down the well-lit tunnel, but unfortunately it was soon closed by security. Nevertheless I was able to get a reasonably decent view and a good concept of the whole thing.

I appreciated my visit, as brief as it was.
Written August 15, 2019
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ATHINA T
Nicosia, Cyprus11,314 contributions
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Apr 2014 • Couples
I absolutely agree with Nsim-13 in all comments written, because this is the truth.For those people who are really interested to have the knowledges about this Gate i have to say that Famagusta Gate is the largest and most impressive of the three gates of the walls of Nicosia, Built in 1567 by the Venetians, and originally called the Porta Giuliani after its designer, it served travellers entering and leaving the city from the east of the island. The outer entrance is a simple gateway, situated just under the Caraffa bastion, which leads into a long passageway through the walls to the much larger and more impressive inner gateway. Midway along the passageway is a cupola in the roof, which provided somewhat meagre illumination and was a place where food vendors would wait for weary travellers.
During the early Ottoman period, only Turks were allowed to pass through the gate on horseback, while Christians and other foreigners were obliged to walk. The gate was locked at sunset and reopened at sunrise and remained closed on Fridays, the Muslim holy day, to allow the guards time to pray.
During British Colonial times the spacious rooms of the gate served as a warehouse for fuel and other materials. Even though a gradual process of preservation was carried out from 1934 to 1981, humidity problems prevailed, and the Gate fell into disuse.
In 1980, the Municipal Council of Nicosia decided to restore the gate and re-use it as a cultural centre. The entrance floor was covered with a cement bed and the area in front of the gate was covered with cobblestones. The internal walls and the roof were cleaned and then insulated. Air conditioning and ventilation systems were installed under floor. The rooms were provided with general lighting and special lighting for the exhibits. The passageway and two side rooms can operate as a whole, or as three individual areas.
Restoration was completed in 1981, and since then the Famagusta gate has become a busy venue for exhibitions, and this has helped regenerate this area of old Nicosia.Actually has been Nicosia's Cultural Center for the past few years, and during this time it has attracted the warm interest of the people of the city. I personally visited the place many times during photography or painting excibitions , lectures and this year for a wedding receiption and coctail. The stone-built walls made the armosphere very impressive.Around you can find cafe-bars, taverns, a theatre and in walking distance is Archbishop's Palace and museums, Ledras and Onasagorou streets and all the historical centre of Nicosia,that is the heart of the town.
Written November 11, 2014
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jordyReview
110 contributions
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Sep 2021
We went in the beginning of september. Famagusta gate is my biggest dissapointment of Nicosia. We’ve espected a nicely preserved monument but we received a dirty building at the side of the road. It was closed so we couldn’t enter the gate, but the outside is not worth a recommendation.
Written September 23, 2021
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StefosK
Nicosia, Cyprus41 contributions
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Sep 2019 • Business
Well worth a visit especially as the sun sets down in Nicosia and you are magically let to travel in medieval times . The quietness of the area as the sun disappears among the buildings of central Nicosia and the shadows appear on the Venetian walls you are easily let to dream of how it was at the time. Best time to visit just after the sun goes down and the different shops in the area close for the day and just before the night life of the area comes alive.
Written September 3, 2019
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Bejul Shah
Harrow, UK177 contributions
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Jul 2018 • Solo
A little out of the way. However, walking from city did take me past various other sites such as Statue of Liberty, St Johns Cathedral, other walls.

Famagusta Gate is definitely worth a visit if you're interested in historic city landmarks.
Written August 27, 2018
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Xanthos Michalis
Nicosia, Cyprus164 contributions
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Aug 2018 • Couples
It is interesting how our predecessors have thought of placing such gates to control the crowds coming in Nicosia.
The nearby restaurant is a must visit place as well.
Written August 27, 2018
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Alexis G
London26 contributions
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Feb 2018 • Solo
True , it is just a gate, but it is an integral part of the impressive Venetian walls that contain the old town. They can be best appreciated from a bird's eye view point.

It is also a community and cultural center and events are organised there.
Written February 20, 2018
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Béla M
Budapest, Hungary33 contributions
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Jul 2017
According to our guidebook it should have been opened at 4pm but they did not. Some German guys with their guidebook also faced the same situation. From the outside it is nothing special (cf. picture).
Written July 13, 2017
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NSIM_13
Athens, Greece36 contributions
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Aug 2014 • Friends
May I be allowed to correct SlavO_11 on his comments which are a long way from being in line with legal procedures. There is no such thing as Turkish Rep. of Northern Cyprus - that is an occupied territory of the Republic of Cyprus a full member of the European Union - , there is no legal status, this occupied area is not recognised by the UN, the EU or any country apart from this gentleman. The correct name as given by the Venetians is Famagusta, and it is not up to him to change the official name just to justify a couple of friends. Indeed Famagusta used to be the third largest city in the Republic of Cyprus until it was occupied by invading forces in 1974 and is now a ghost city, practically a dead city. The Famagusta Gate in Nicosia was opened many many years ago to those travelling to Famagusta and closed at sunset. It is now a restored Gate for exhibitions and other events, it is worth a visit and looks impressive.
Written September 18, 2014
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