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Nicosia, the only divided European capital, Cross the Line

Cyprus is one of the best places to enjoy the sun and warm seawater. Have fun and enjoy the hospitality of the locals. Discover a History from the ancient years. Also, Nicosia is a tale of two cities, as the capital of Cyprus is the world's last divided city.

Cyprus & Nicosia - Divided by the Turkish since 1974

The Island with more than 300 days of sun per year

You can even enjoy the beautiful beaches during the winter. But Cyprus is not only laying at the beach

There is a great History to Discover from the Ancient Years. Definitely, there is a great food to try as well? 

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Nicosia, the only divided European Capital

After Turkey invaded Cyprus in 1974 and occupied the north part of the island together with the half part of the city, Nicosia is the only European capital that is still separated in two.

nicosia border greek guards

Between the two parts is the dead zone (Green Line or buffer zone) where the United Nations leave in order to keep the peace between the two sides.

You can see the buildings being the same since 1974 and the bullet holes still on the walls.

Greek old signs in the dead zone whisper the truth about what happened there.

You might be interested to read: July 1974 when Turkish invaded Cyprus - History.


Nicosia City Mobile App

If it happens that you visit Nicosia, I would like to mention that the City Hall created a nice mobile application.

Feel free to look for it: "The City of Nicosia".

The application will help you discover the city: Sights, Museums, Theatres, Galleries, Libraries, and Markets. You can also find the city Map.

Finally, the application exists in Greek, English, and Russian and you can also find Events, but unfortunately, this is only when you select (Greek - ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΑ). Then: "ΕΚΔΗΛΩΣΕΙΣ".

There are a few events that are posted in English as well.

Nicosia Cross the Line GUIDED Tour/s

Nicosia Cross The Line Tour from Limassol

A full-day tour to discover Nicosia, the world's last divided capital. 

You will visit Nicosia, the capital of Cyprus, to find out about the turbulent history of one of the world’s last divided cities.

Arriving in the south part of Nicosia, your guide will show and give you all the interesting facts about this town.

Ayios Kassianos end of street - You cannot go any further - Old destroyed houses and after the Buffer Zone Cyprus

Discover the Liberty Monument and the Cathedral of St John located in the center of the old town of Nicosia.

Despite its modest exterior, the interior of The Cathedral of St John will take you by surprise.

You'll be taken on a walking tour through the partially car-free old town within the Venetian Walls. You will stop by a traditional confectionery to enjoy coffee and a sweet treat.

Once in the occupied part of Nicosia, you will visit Buyuk Han and Ayia Sofia Church.

Free time will be provided for shopping or for lunch.

Cross the UN Buffer Zone or “Green Line” into the occupied part of Nicosia.

Please don’t forget to bring your passport / ID card on this day out.

Buffer zone Ayios Kassianos - Only soldiers can enter this point - Buffer Zone Cyprus

For those interested, the guide will wait for you at a pre-arranged time outside the Leventis Museum for a visit. 

This tour ends with your drop off back at your centrally located hotel in Limassol.

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Get to know the city through the eyes of a passionate local. Customize the tour or leave it up to the locals for an insightful introduction to the city.

Make travel about the people you meet not just the places you see.

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GreenLine in Nicosia

The famous dead zone or green line or buffer zone is the short line that separates my city and the whole of Cyprus in two different sides since the summer of 1974.

Turkey invaded Cyprus on the 21st of July after a coup that started on July the 15th of the same year. That area stayed as it was since that time and only UN soldiers can use it.

Αbandoned houses with bullets on the walls, shops, and people's belongings are still there waiting. I have walked through the line and made some pictures the last time I visited Cyprus.

I walked from Kaimakli which is the area I used to leave to the end of Ledra Street. The line separates the whole island into two different sides with different religions and beliefs.

One day we will return back!

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