The name of the island of Cyprus itself is shrouded in secrets and legends. Today, history and hedonism are bizarrely intertwined here. Everywhere the typical Mediterranean landscape is blessed with the unfading beauty of antiquity: Crusader fortresses surrounded by high cypresses, Greco-Roman amphitheaters carved into the cliffs, and Byzantine monasteries perched on mountain peaks. In cosmopolitan cities, the elements of antiquity and modernity are harmoniously interwoven. The capital of Cyprus Nicosia is full of attractions:
“Old Nicosia”, i.e. the central part of the city has a radial layout and is surrounded by a ring of impressive stone bastions and massive gates of the Venetian wall (1567-1570).
The gate of Famagusta is one of the architectural masterpieces of the protective ring of old Nicosia. Exhibitions and musical evenings are regularly held in their internal premises (the beautiful restoration of the gates was awarded the “Europa Nostra” international prize). Continue reading