Famagusta Gate, Nicosia

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  • I am visiting Cyprus for a week and because of the short time we just drove by it, as we did with some other important monuments and churches. It was worth seeing eventhough it was from the car. It is...  more »
  • This gate is located on the east side of the city. It is within walking distance from other major attractions.  more »
  • It's quite an imposing structure. The Venetians conquered the island from Ottoman 300 years ago by, like, made by. City gate is a continuation of the short walls. Architecture is impressive. In the immediate vicinity of the Namık Smittys maintained Dungeon.
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  • After a nice night walk to the eastern part of Nicosia I got to visit the Famagusta gate. It's well conserved and offers free entrance to visitors. Currently is showing an photographic exhibition of a Cypriot artist. Worthy to visit when in Nicosia.
  • One of 16 different gates of old Byzantian walls of Nicosia. Nothing special though.
  • Imposing structure, full of history and tales of medieval wars and conquests. From outside you fail to understand the height and breath of the gate. Especially as the narrow entrance from the outside part of the wall, widens to become three large halls with 3 separate exits into the old city. Most of the time you will find an expo going on, be it photography, artworks or even books. Beside this gate, there's another one, more modern that hides behind it the statue of the Poet by Varotsos, which was given to the city of Nicosia by the artist. One of the hidden gems of Nicosia.
  • 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.
  • Beautiful art gallery has been installed inside the old soldier's living quarters.

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Despite being the country's capital, Nicosia is not as geared toward tourists as the resorts on Cyprus' sunny coast. Hotels tend to be geared toward business travelers but provide a comfortable stay. Renting a vacation apartment may be preferable option for many, as they enable you to live more like locals. The greater Nicosia area spreads far and wide, so stay near the old city to access the most popular attractions, bars, and restaurants on foot. For an economical option, look for lodging on the north side of the city.
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