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Kyrenia Gate, Nicosia

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The Kyrenia Gate is a gate in the Nicosia walls, in North Nicosia, TRNC. It was the gate which was used for transport to the northern areas, especially Kyrenia.The gate was built in 1567 by Venetians, as a part of the new city walls. It was restored by the Ottomans in 1821, and a lookout was added to the gate for a probable Greek revolt.Now, the gate is used as a tourism information office by the Nicosia Turkish Municipality.Tablets from different periods hang on the gate. One of these is in Latin and dates from the Venetian period, featuring the date "MDLXII", (1562) when the construction of the gate began. The text in Latin was rediscovered when an inscription of the Quran placed by the Ottomans on it was removed in 1931 by the British. In the same year, "1931" and "GVRI", which is an abbreviation of "George V Rex et Imperator" ("George V, King and Emperor"), were inscribed on the gate to mark the date of the renovation and the reigning British monarch. A third inscription was placed by the Ottomans in 1821, who renovated the gate at the time, and bears the tughra of Mahmud II. The text in Arabic script reads: "O Muhammad, relay this news to those who have believed: the victory comes from Allah and its celebration is imminent. O, the opener of the gates, open gates that lead to good." The inscription was written by Sayyid Fazullah Dede, the head of the Nicosia Mevlevi Lodge, whose building is now preserved as the Mevlevi Tekke Museum.
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  • The Kyrenia gate is one of the several gates of the walled of city of Nicosia. As a result that it is now located on a traffic island, it makes more attractive as a photo opportunity. Unfortunately, the city wall at this point was interrupted so that the impression of the past is gone. There is a tourist information in the gate. If you visit the city, you should look at quiet with the gate. It is above all a good guidance, because here the buses park.
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  • A nice piece of a history lesson. The gate which once lead to the beautiful city of Kyrenia! Lovely place to visit, especially on a sunny day!  more »
  • Small gate, now tourist office when it's open, not really a nice area, bit dirty and untidy, none of the restaurants looked worthwhile going into, but we did and didn't eat my food. Walked around most...  more »
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  • A very historical place. Good for a nice photo.
  • A very historical place, and an unusual atmosphere ..
  • Pretty gate