Living in the inner walled city of Nicosia
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The heart of the city, within the 16th century Venetian walls has a number of interesting Museums and art galleries , Byzantine churches and a number of medieval and neo-classical buildings. Much of the charm and beauty of the old city is its labyrinthine alleyways and elegant courtyard houses. Outside the walls the new city with its modern facilities is a cosmopolitan centre of a modern European capital.

The heart of the city is Eleftheria (Freedom) Square, with the city hall, the post office and the library. Adjacent , pedestrian-only Ledra and Onasagorou streets, are lined with shops of every type. These streets lead to the most lively part of the old city with narrow streets, boutiques, and cafés. At the end of Onasagorou Street, Panagia Fanomereni is a church built in 1872, constructed with the remains of an old castle and a convent. Here rest the Archbishop and the other Bishops who were killed by the Turks during the 1821 revolt. The Palace of the Archbishop can be found at Archiepiskopos Kyprianos Square. Although it seems very old, it's a wonderful imitation of typical Venetian style, built in 1956. Next to the palace is the late Gothic Saint John cathedral (1665) with picturesque frescos.

Nicosia is also known for its fine museums. The Archbishop's Palace contains a Byzantine museum where the largest collection of religious icons on the island are kept. Other interesting museums include the Folk Art Museum, National Struggle Museum (witnessing the rebellion against the British administration in the 1950s), Cyprus Ethnological Museum (House of Dragoman Hadjigeorgakis Kornesios) and the Handicrafts Centre.

The Nicosia Jewels Museum and the Municipal Arts Center are also interesting museums. The 'Levention' Municipal Museum, with an imaginative presentation of the capital's history, was awarded the title "1991 European Museum of the Year" and it is the only historical museum of Nicosia and revives the old ways of life in the capital from ancient times up to our days.

Also the unique Cyprus Museum, houses the island's most important collection of Cypriot antiquities and treasures from the Neolithic Age to the Roman Period.

Another award winner is the city's renovated 'Pyli Ammochostou' - Famagusta Gate - one of the original entrances to the old city, which won the Europa Nostra award for its restoration.

In Nicosia also there are mosques, like the Selimiye Mosque (Nicosia). This ancient church is the chief mosque in the northern side of Nicosia, and the festivals of Bayram and other Moslem gatherings are conducted here.

In terms of entertainment the old city has a lot to offer. Quite a large number of cafeterias and cafes with cultural character, restaurants (greek and cypriot cuisine, spanish, italian, mexican ect) and well known fast food brands are wide spread along the walled city. Bars, pubs and night clubs all within easy rich keep the old town enjoyable and alive.
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