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CITY OF NICOSIA, NORTH AND SOUTH CYPRUS

Divided Island.

CYPRUS  NORTH  NICOSIA.   Buyuk Han..   Built by the Ottomans to house travellers.    Corrected Name.

CYPRUS NORTH NICOSIA. Buyuk Han.. Built by the Ottomans to house travellers. Corrected Name.

CYPRUS.. NORTH  NICOSIA.   Buyuk Han.  built 1572.  the Great Inn.   Corrected name.

CYPRUS.. NORTH NICOSIA. Buyuk Han. built 1572. the Great Inn. Corrected name.

I arrived on the island of Cyprus by ferry from Turkey. This was at Kyrenia /Girne in the the Northern
part of Cyprus. Took a Taxi to North Nicosia at the old Kyrenia Gate. Taking a short walk i came across my Hotel. The Saray hotel was comfortable and modern. North Nicosia has very much the charm of Turkey. The main Street ,Ledra Street,as the look of a Bazaar. I entered the Buyuk Han,which was built by the Ottomans as a house for travellers in 1572. It is known as the Great Inn. Also in North Nicosia is the Selimye Mosque, previously a church, St. Sophia Cathedral. The Mosque flies two flags. The red Turkish flag and the White North Cyprus flag. A Venetion Column is on a traffic island. Leaving North Nicosia i walked across the UN border control to South Nicosia. In 2009 i signed a form and presented my passport. The area of No Mans land was very scruffy. Walking into South Nicosia the street scene was very different. The North very Turkish and the South very Greek.CYPRUS , NORTH NICOSIA.  Kyrenia Gate.

CYPRUS , NORTH NICOSIA. Kyrenia Gate.

CYPRUS,  NORTH  NICOSIA.     Statue of Ataturk, no he"s not stood on  a van .!

CYPRUS, NORTH NICOSIA. Statue of Ataturk, no he"s not stood on a van .!

CYPRUS  NORTH  NICOSIA,    Venetion  Column.   My hotel in view.

CYPRUS NORTH NICOSIA, Venetion Column. My hotel in view.

CYPRUS,  NORTH NICOSIA.  Saray Hotel, i stayed here.

CYPRUS, NORTH NICOSIA. Saray Hotel, i stayed here.

CYPRUS,  NORTH  NICOSIA.

CYPRUS, NORTH NICOSIA.

CYPRUS,  NORTH NICOSIA.   Selimye Mosque ,previously the St  Sophia  Cathedral.   Red flag is Turkey , White flag North Cyprus.

CYPRUS, NORTH NICOSIA. Selimye Mosque ,previously the St Sophia Cathedral. Red flag is Turkey , White flag North Cyprus.

CYPRUS.

CYPRUS.

CYPRUS  NORTH  NICOSIA... Ledra  Street.

CYPRUS NORTH NICOSIA... Ledra Street.

CYPRUS,  NORTH  NICOSIA.   Ledra Street,  this street runs through both North and South Nicosia.

CYPRUS, NORTH NICOSIA. Ledra Street, this street runs through both North and South Nicosia.

CYPRUS.  NORTH  NICOSIA.

CYPRUS. NORTH NICOSIA.

CYPRUS,  NORTH  NICOSIA,   Blocked off street, part of the Buffer Zone, between North and South.

CYPRUS, NORTH NICOSIA, Blocked off street, part of the Buffer Zone, between North and South.

CYPRUS , NORTH  NICOSIA.  Selimye  Mosque.

CYPRUS , NORTH NICOSIA. Selimye Mosque.

CYPRUS  NORTH  NICOSIA.   Buyah Han..   Built by the Ottomans to house travellers.

CYPRUS NORTH NICOSIA. Buyah Han.. Built by the Ottomans to house travellers.

CYPRUS.. NORTH  NICOSIA.   Buyah Han.  built 1572.  the Great Inn.

CYPRUS.. NORTH NICOSIA. Buyah Han. built 1572. the Great Inn.

CYPRUS  NORTH  NICOSIA.

CYPRUS NORTH NICOSIA.

CYPRUS  NORTH NICOSIA.     Selimye  Mosque.

CYPRUS NORTH NICOSIA. Selimye Mosque.

CYPRUS  NORTH  NICOSIA.

CYPRUS NORTH NICOSIA.

CYPRUS,  NORTH  NICOSIA...Night view of Selimye  Mosque.

CYPRUS, NORTH NICOSIA...Night view of Selimye Mosque.

CYPRUS ,  NORTH  NICOSIA...Dining Room of Saray  Hotel.

CYPRUS , NORTH NICOSIA...Dining Room of Saray Hotel.

CYPRUS,  NORTH NICOSIA.  View from  hotel, the giant flag of North Cyprus can just be seen on the mountain.

CYPRUS, NORTH NICOSIA. View from hotel, the giant flag of North Cyprus can just be seen on the mountain.

BEER OF TURKEY.

BEER OF TURKEY.

-----------------------------------------The Ledra Street runs through both north and south Nicosia.The river is the river Pedieos. The bus station is in Solomos Square. I came across a British style Pillar Box,from British rule it was painted yellow. The Pangia Phaneromeni Church is in the pedestrian area of the historic centre of the city, and is Greek Orthodox.------------------------------------------Cyprus is an island country in the eastern Mediterrean sea. From 1964 it is divided, the North is The Republic of Northern Cyprus and Turkish.using the currency the Turkish Lira. The South is the Republic of Cyprus and Greek,using the currency the Euro, because the South is in the European Union.The border between is under the control of the United Nations. South Cyprus is recognised internationally.but North Cyprus is only recognised by Turkey.CYPRUS,  SOUTH  NICOSIA,   Hotel.

CYPRUS, SOUTH NICOSIA, Hotel.

CYPRUS   ,  SOUTH  NICOSIA..   Over the roof.   Selimye  Mosque in North can be seen.

CYPRUS , SOUTH NICOSIA.. Over the roof. Selimye Mosque in North can be seen.

CYPRUS  SOUTH NICOSIA     Ledra  Street.

CYPRUS SOUTH NICOSIA Ledra Street.

CYPRUS.   GREEK BEER.

CYPRUS. GREEK BEER.

CYPRUS  SOUTH  NICOSIA.   Ledra Street  Checkpoint..  EU  flag can be seen. This is the foot border between South and North Nicosia.

CYPRUS SOUTH NICOSIA. Ledra Street Checkpoint.. EU flag can be seen. This is the foot border between South and North Nicosia.

CYPRUS, SOUTH  NICOSIA.   Pangia Phaneromeni  Church. In the historical centre of the city, in the pedestrian  area.  First constructed 1222.

CYPRUS, SOUTH NICOSIA. Pangia Phaneromeni Church. In the historical centre of the city, in the pedestrian area. First constructed 1222.

CYPRUS  SOUTH  NICOSIA.    Pangia Phaneromeni  Church. A Greek Orthodox  church.

CYPRUS SOUTH NICOSIA. Pangia Phaneromeni Church. A Greek Orthodox church.

CYPRUS,  SOUTH  NICOSIA.

CYPRUS, SOUTH NICOSIA.

CYPRUS.  SOUTH  NICOSIA.

CYPRUS. SOUTH NICOSIA.

CYPRUS  SOUTH  NICOSIA.

CYPRUS SOUTH NICOSIA.

CYPRUS   SOUTH  NICOSIA.--- A Post Box or as British call it ,a Pillar Box. From the time of British rule .Inscribed GR for King George.

CYPRUS SOUTH NICOSIA.--- A Post Box or as British call it ,a Pillar Box. From the time of British rule .Inscribed GR for King George.

CYPRUS  SOUTH  NICOSIA.. City Wall.

CYPRUS SOUTH NICOSIA.. City Wall.

CYPRUS  SOUTH  NICOSIA..  The City Wall and Moat, being used as a car park.

CYPRUS SOUTH NICOSIA.. The City Wall and Moat, being used as a car park.

NICOSIA WAS PART OF THIS HOLIDAY ROUTE.

NICOSIA WAS PART OF THIS HOLIDAY ROUTE.

City of two halves. Population of North Nicosia is 55,000, and South Nicosia 63,000.

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