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NORTHERN CYPRUS


Location - Eastern Mediterranean; Capital - Nicosia (Lefkoşa); Population - 265,000; Currency - New Turkish Lira MORE CYPRUS

A couple of buses from Troodos took me to Nicosia and I crossed the Green Line into Northern Cyprus at the Ledra Street checkpoint, before continuing to the coast at Kyrenia - April 2009.

 

northcyprusnoteNorthern Cyprus uses the New Turkish Lira

 

ncyprus36Kyrenia is a picturesque harbour town on the north coast

 

 

ncyprus40Kyrenia's small harbour (Kyrenia is called Girne in Turkish)

 

 

ncyprus33The harbour is lined with restaurants - Kyrenia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ncyprus34Kyrenia harbour

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ncyprus35Kyrenia harbour

 

 

ncyprus37The huge stone structure is Kyrenia Castle - Kyrenia

 

 

ncyprus39The minaret of Aga Cafer Paşa Cami rises over the harbour - Kyrenia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ncyprus43The harbour is a lovely area for an evening drink - Kyrenia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ncyprus3A restaurant next to the Aga Cafer Paşa Cami mosque, Kyrenia

 

 

ncyprus49In April an election campaign was in full swing in Northern Cyprus.
The UBP seemed to be generating all the publicity - Kyrenia

 

 

 

 

 

 

ncyprus51It involved a live band and lots of frantic flag waving.
Sure enough the UBP (National Unity Party) won the elections - Kyrenia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ncyprus10Above Kyrenia is St Hilarion Castle

 

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ncyprus8St Hilarion Castle is a Crusader castle

 

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ncyprus14The peak of the 3rd section of St Hilarion Castle is reached by steps, steps and more steps

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ncyprus18Clouds cast shadows over the north coast - St Hilarion Castle

 

 

 

ncyprus19Looking through the windows of the Royal Apartments, St Hilarion Castle

 

 

ncyprus22The Besparmak Mountains roll down to the coast west of Kyrenia - St Hilarion Castle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ncyprus24The upper levels are over 700 metres above Kyrenia - St Hilarion Castle

 

 

ncyprus27The climb to the peak is definitely worth it for the superb views of the Besparmak Mountains, the Mediterranean, Kyrenia and the north coast. The 'field' to the right is an off-limits army base - St Hilarion Castle

 

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ncyprus29Prince John's Tower, St Hilarion Castle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ncyprus30St Hilarion Castle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ncyprus53Just outside the old city walls of Famagusta is the Victory Monument

 

 

ncyprus55The old city as seen from Othello's Tower, Famagusta

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ncyprus56Lala Mustafa Paşa mosque is an imposing building - Famagusta

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ncyprus70In the 16th century the Ottoman Turks converted the Gothic style St Nicholas Cathedral to a mosque - Lala Mustafa Paşa mosque, Famagusta

 

 

ncyprus60Christianity and Islam combined - Lala Mustafa Paşa mosque, Famagusta

 

 

ncyprus66Lala Mustafa Paşa mosque, Famagusta

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ncyprus72Lala Mustafa Paşa mosque, Famagusta

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ncyprus67The old city, Famagusta

 

 

ncyprus71More campaigning by the UBP, this time at Famagusta

 

 

ncyprus75The Turkish flag on the left; UBP candidate (now 'Prime Minister') in the centre; Northern Cyprus flag on the right - Famagusta

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ncyprus74More UBP flag waving - Famagusta

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ncyprus76A shopping street within the old city, Famagusta

 

 

ncyprus77Famagusta is called Ammochostos in Greek and Gazimağusa in Turkish

 

 

ncyprus80The ancient city of Salamis, a few kms north of Famagusta, can be dated back to the 11th century BC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ncyprus82Much of what remains are from the Roman era - Salamis

 

More on Salamis here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ncyprus85Roman theatre, Salamis

 

 

ncyprus83Roman theatre, Salamis

 

 

ncyprus89The beach at Salamis could be decent but was strewn with rubbish when I was there

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ncyprus91A statue of Ataturk stands in front of Kyrenia Gate and the Venetian city walls - Nicosia (Lefkoşa in Turkish)

 

 

ncyprus93The heart of north Nicosia is Ataturk Meydani, a square located inside the city walls - Nicosia

 

 

ncyprus95Tombs belonging to the sheiks of the Mevlevi Whirling Dervish sect - Mevlevi Museum, Nicosia

 

More on the Whirling Dervish sect here


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ncyprus94I presume this music related somehow to the Mevlevi sect - Mevlevi Museum, Nicosia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ncyprus98Entering the Buyuk Han, a renovated Ottoman inn - Nicosia

 

 

ncyprus97Buyuk Han translates to Great Inn. A han provided accommodation for travellers in Ottoman times - Nicosia

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ncyprus99The inner courtyard of Buyuk Han, Nicosia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ncyprus102The rooms have now been converted to shops and galleries - Buyuk Han, Nicosia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ncyprus103Buyuk Han, Nicosia

 

 

ncyprus105There's also a cafe to rest weary legs - Buyuk Han, Nicosia

 

 

ncyprus107Shops in the old city - Nicosia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ncyprus108An antiques shop next to Selimiye Mosque, Nicosia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ncyprus111There's a couple of outdoor cafes behind Selimiye Mosque - Nicosia

 

 

ncyprus113Selimiye Mosque was formerly St Sophia Cathedral, completed in the 14th century - Nicosia

 

 

ncyprus115Playing in front of a steel partition separating north and south Nicosia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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