Trip Start Oct 25, 2009
Trip End Nov 02, 2009

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Flag of Cyprus  , Nicosia,
Thursday, October 29, 2009

VISITING NICOSIA (Lefkosia) in Greek

Early this morning after breakfast we are driven to Tymvos War Cemetary. 
Later on, we visit the Incarcerated graves found next to the central jail of the city, not very far from the Green Line.

(some history)

It is here that 13 heroes of the EOKA struggle against the British (1955 - 1959) were interred. Nine of them were hanged by the British, three fell on the battlefield, one died in hospital from his battle wounds.

The tombs were built in an area adjacent to the cells of the condemned and close to the gallows where they would be executed. The area is surrounded by tall walls and covered by glass.

The small cemetery was a brain-child of Cyprus Governor Sir John Harding who did not want the funerals of EOKA fighters to be turned into demonstrations against British rule. The condemned, as well as four others who fell on the battlefield, would be buried in the area without any relatives or even a priest present. The nine men that were hunged, were buried immediately following their execution. Hydrochloric acid would be poured on the corpses so the exact place of burial is not known.

After Cyprus gained her independence, the area became a national monument where thousands visit. A sign proclaiming "Του ανδρειωμένου ο θάνατος, θάνατος δεν λογιέται" - "The brave man's death is no death at all" was put up against one of the walls.


We are here with the members of our choir, and my friend Kostas Bibikas whom I mentioned in another entry – a poet, and a writer has the same notebook where he had written a long 56 stich poem on these heroes. He told us that those years – young then at High school, he had this poem written dedicated to these heroes.  However he was never allowed to recite the poem in school by the school principle.  So, knowing that we are visiting this place, he considered bringing the poem along, and he had the chance to recite for the whole choir in the graveyard next to the tombs. It was so moving! After so many years, he has the chance now to recite in front of the tombs – a moment he longed all these years!

The people from the museum heard of his story and were glad when after his recitation, he informed them that he wanted this long hand written poem to remain in the museum.  It was a great gesture, which was greatly appreciated firstly from his friends, but also from the people of the museum.


Our next stop is the Cypriot Museum: Priceless and fascinating collections of Cypriot antiquities and art treasures from the Neolithic age to the early Byzantine period. A worth to visit place. You will be thrilled! We also visit Archibishop's Palace.

We move on to Lydras, in the centre of Nicosia.  It is already quite late and we have free time for our lunch. We walk as far as the old town of – Laiki Yitonia, and also come to the green line that separates Cypriot Nicosia with the Turkish.

The site below has every detail of the places we visited today, and a little about the history.  I believe it has every detail a tourist might need to know before getting to the Island.

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David on

Where are the mosques? Every town in Cyprus has them. Don't be like the North who lock up and ignore the churches. Cypriots are far more open, so be like them and post your photos

greekcypriot on

Honestly speaking, we were driven to different spots in Nicosia, and all photos here are what we saw. The rest of the time we were in the coach and I cannot download photos from the coach while it is moving. I have no problem with the Turks, infact I have some great friends from the North side.

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