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Venetian walls of Nicosia
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Nicosia Full Day Shopping Tour from Paphos
Ranked #11 of 260 things to do in Nicosia
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Reviewed March 4, 2014

we drove into the old town of nicosia through a gap in the Venetian walls the old town is quaint and everything is within walking distance lots of historical sights grab yourself a map from the tourist information and off you go well worth a visit and only 40 mins drive from the coast

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Reviewed February 25, 2014

Nicosia is the only segregated city in the world and the stellar-shaped Venetian city walls are more-or-less bisected by the UN Green Line separating North & South Cyprus. I visited the North side & found the walls in a poor state of repair. Not displayed as an attraction they have been absorbed by the urban clutter of the capital. The area I explored saw the walls used as sentry posts; for UN watchtowers; the moat between the walls was a football pitch and one bastion was being used as a car park. No visitor information was displayed. Perhaps the relics are better treated on the Southern side?

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Reviewed January 30, 2014

The Venetian Walls have been surrounding Nicosia for centuries and still stand today, giving Nicosia an iconic octagonal type shape from above. The walls have paths around them which make for pleasant walking despite being amongst the hustle and bustle of the city center.

Thank James E
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Reviewed January 27, 2014

The Venetian walls surrounded Nicosia in a star-shape for centuries, now being the border between old and new. You can see the walls almost everywhere, but the best sights are near the Gates (Famagusta, Kyrenia, Paphos etc.)

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Reviewed January 4, 2014

The first walls surrounding Nicosia were built in the 14th century by the Franks (Franci). When the Venetians occupied Cyprus, they decided to demolish them because they were old and did not offer adequate defense against new weapons such as artillery. The new circular Venetian walls were fortified by eleven bastions and protected by a wide moat. This moat (in Greek "tafros") now serves many different uses, serving as sports fields, public gardens, dog training fields, car parks etc.The moat is also frequently used as a place for open air concerts and music events, festivals and temporary amusement parks. You can park at the Tafros parking area and from there stroll around the public gardens that surround the walls. When you're done, you can climb back up to the street level. Ledras street with its many shops, cafeterias and restaurants is just a few meters away.

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