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St. John Cathedral, Nicosia

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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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  • Somehow you expect this to be magnificent - a holy place with recent history; a centre for people to come together, but it is very underwhelming. Inside it is naturally full of icons and images. It ha...  more »
  • A small but particularly beautiful church. The iconography is stunning and of great historical importance. Well worth a visit.  more »
  • The outside is like so many other churches, but the inside is completely different, and so unexpected. Amazing frescos all over the walls and ceiling. You are not allowed to take photos inside, unfort...  more »
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  • St John's Cathedral (Agios Ionnis), compared with the great cathedrals of Europe, is tiny. Its interior, however, is no less magnificent. It was built by Archbishop Nikiforos in 1662, on the site of the former Lusignan Benedictine Abbey of Saint John of Bibi (St John the Evangelist). "Bibi" is an abbreviation of the Arabic word "habibi", which means “beloved” and refers to Saint John as the beloved student of Christ. When the Benedictine Order left the island in 1426, as a result of the Mamluk raids, the monastery passed into Orthodox hands, and was dedicated to St John the Theologian, while remaining a monastery. Although the church is small compared with the other churches in Nicosia, It is the official state church. There is an ornate throne for the archbishop, complete with a magnificent Byzantine double-headed eagle. There are also places for the President of the Republic of Cyprus and the Greek Ambassador. The coronation of new Archbishops of Cyprus takes place here.
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  • Cathedral of St. John the divine is a unique structure. Having a very modest exterior, shakes its internal decoration. In this place every year thousands of pilgrims.
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