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The world’s last divided capital. Episode 3: The Green Line

18 February 2013 Cyprus, travel stories 3 comments

Views of Nicosia Green Line

Today, my steps will wonder through the more gloomy side of Nicosia… It’s the Green Line, the fortified and militarized area that is under UN control and which divides Nicosia in two. Although tension is long gone in most of Cyprus, in this area you can still feel it in the air… even though you do not see fully equipped soldiers, but merely remains – bombed houses, walls with bullet holes, barricades, barbed wire… read more…

The world’s last divided capital. Episode 2: Northern Nicosia.

15 February 2013 Cyprus, travel stories No comments

Things to see in Nicosia: Selimye

For many years, the border between the Turkish Cypriots and Greeks was tightly closed… From one side to the other, only high officials and UN troops were passing by. Then, a passing point was opened, the famous checkpoint called Ledra Palace, next to what it used to be the coolest hotel of united Nicosia. After that, foreigners were allowed to cross on the other  side, but only by foot and provided they returned by 6 P.M. If they arrived late, The Republic of Cyprus did not accept them anymore in Southern Nicosia.

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The world’s last divided capital. Episode 1: Southern Nicosia

11 February 2013 Cyprus, travel stories 2 comments

Things to see in Nicosia: archibishop's palace

The geo-economic situation after WW2 led to the emergence of some strange, distorted, artificial “capital cities” divided between rival countries with militarized borders and frightening walls, passing by straight through the core of some dwellings that are hundred or maybe thousand years old: Berlin was divided between East and West, so was Jerusalem and starting with 1974, Nicosia was split in two: Lefkosia and Lefkosa! The heart of the town was severed by a barbwire border defended by UN troops.

Berlin unified by choice, Jerusalem by force, so that it remained only one divided capital – welcome to Nicosia, the capital of the ”two countries” called Cyprus. read more…

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