Cyprus // Lefkosia (South Nicosia) //

Pafos Gate and around

A short walk west of Lidras, the area around the Pafos Gate, where the Green Line and the Venetian walls intersect, has a clutch of minor attractions, both inside and just outside the walls. The Holy Cross Catholic Church, the Maronite Church and the Kasteliotissa Hall, together with the Cyprus Classic Motor Cycle Museum, are concentrated in an area which epitomizes the depressing effects of partition – barbed wire, armed guards, no-photography signs. Just outside the walls in this uninspiring corner of the city lies one of its greatest glories – the Cyprus Museum, at the edge of a Municipal Park which also contains the House of Representatives and the Municipal Theatre. On the Pafos Gare roundabout look out for the statue of Markos Drakos, a hero of the War of Independence.

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