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FAMAGUSTA

Famagusta, North Cyprus is the largest city in Northern Cyprus.

Famagusta is a fascinating city to explore, and you might be able to catch a glimpse of its impressive walls as you come into Ercan airport on your flight to north Cyprus.

Places to Visit Hotels

Greek St. George Church

Salamis Bay Conti Hotel in Famagusta, North Cyprus
Sinan Pasha Mosque (St. Peter & St. Paul Church) Hotels in Famagusta
The Sea Gate  
Royal Tombs  
The Panaya Kanakaria Church  
The Othello Castle  
Nitovikla Castle  
Nestorian Church  
Latin St. George Church  
The Land Gate (Ravelin)  
Lala Mustafa Pasha Mosque
The St. Barnabas Monastery Museums
Kantara Castle The Canbulat Tomb & Museum
The Nikokreon Monument The Dungeon and Museum of Namik Kemal
Cellarga Mass (Graves) St. Barnabas Icon & Archaelogy Museum
The Canbulat Tomb & Museum  
The Ayios Philon Church  
The Aya Trias Bazilica  
Apostolos Andreas Monastery  
Salamis  
Famagusta City Walls  
Enkomi (Alasia)  
Arsenal (Martinengo Bastion)  
Aphendrika  
Kertikli Bath  
St. Francis Church  
The Twin Churches (Templar&Hospitaller Churches)  
Venetian Palace  
Namik Kemal Dungeon  
St. Barnabas Icon & Archaelogy Museum  

Modern Famagusta lies on the east coast of North Cyprus, and at its heart is the impressive old walled city and its ring of towers. The deep harbour beyond the walls is protected by a mighty citadel, commonly known as Othello’s Tower after Shakespeare’s flawed hero. Both walls and towers were built to defend this wealthy city against the ottoman invaders, but in 1571 they besieged the city. Their cannon bombardment badly damaged the city, and cannon balls fro the siege still litter the old town! Famagusta today is a fascinating mix of ruined churches, Venetian houses and restored buildings. At the centre is a vast square, dominated by the former St Nicolas Cathedral, its Gothic spires and vaulted ceiling now housing a mosque.

You can still walk along the old walls of Famagusta, and even drive along the dry moat, for an invader’s eye view of the massive defences! Within an easy drive of the old city are some beautiful beaches, and the Roman remains of Salamis.

 

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