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Famagusta Gate, Nicosia

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  • I was too excited to see this place, but it wasn't such that extra ordinary place, although nearby streets are more beautiful then this  more »
  • It's a bit far from Ledra street and the entire buzz. But the streets of Nicosia are pretty and worth seeing. You stumble upon the Old Aquaduct as well as looking for the gate.  more »
  • One of the few remaining gates along Venetian Wall in Nicosia...You can't walk through the gate, so you just take a look and that's about it...the best part of the wall though...  more »
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  • 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.
  • I would have liked to run a round or two on the whole circle` So there are three gates and one lies in the North. This gate is in real good condition and i am really interested how the area had looked like in its primes.
  • A nice place full of history