famagusta, north cyprus



Famagusta (in Turkish Gazimağusa), with its atmosphere of mystery and times past, is a world class heritage centre of history and culture. Places to visit in Famagusta include the ancient city of Salamis, one of the Ancient City Kingdoms of Cyprus (and for centuries its capital city), the Basilica of St. Epiphanius, the largest basilica in Cyprus, the Campanopetra Basilica, the Agora, the Salamis Necropolis, and the Royal Tombs, the Monastery of St. Barnabas, one of the most important destinations of faith tourism, the Icon and Archaeology Museum, the Othello Tower, a 15th century Venetian Structure which was supposedly the scene of William Shakespeare's tragedy of Othello, the Cathedral of St. Nicholas (Lala Mustafa Pasa Mosque), the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, dating from the Lusignan Period (Sinan Pasa Mosque, also known as the Wheat Mosque), the Vnetian Palace of 1522 (Plazza del Proveditore), the Cafer Pasa Bath constructed at the beginning of the 1600s, the Tomb of 28 Celebi, the Twin Churches (of the Templars and Hospitallers), the 13th century Latin Church of St. George, the 16th century Greek Church of St. George, the Nestorian Church, Namık Kemal's dungeon, where the writer was held from 1873 - 1876, Akkule (Kara Kapısı, the Land Gate - the Ravelin), the Sea Gate (Porta Del Mare), the Fig Cave (İncirli Mağara) and the important ancient trading cities of Enkomi and Alasya, which date back to the Late Bronze Age. Constructed between 1298 and 1312, the Cathedral of St. Nicholas (Lala Mustafa Pasa Mosque), where the Lusignan kings were crowned, is a remarkable example of Gothic art. It was converted into a mosque with the addition of a minaret, in the Ottoman Period.