INTERESTING SPOTS IN NICOSIA- one video
Trip Start Oct 25, 2009
43Trip End Nov 02, 2009
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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.
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 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
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.