Capital of Cyprus


Living in Nicosia

Living in Nicosia

Nicosia is the capital of the Republic of Cyprus and also the administrative, commercial, educational, religious and cultural centre of the island. Geographically, Nicosia is situated in the centre of the island and is linked to all main towns and cities by a modern highway system. As a low tax destination, Cyprus offers an attractive package to anyone who wishes to live on the island. You can enjoy the benefits of island life in the Mediterranean and take advantage of the many incentives offered for business or leisure. Nicosia offers the sophistication of living in a cosmopolitan city and also offers old year charm with its abundance of historical sites. Although Nicosia is not a coastal town, it is only a half hour drive away from the glistening blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea. For those who prefer the cool air of the forest, the stunning Troodos Mountains are only a short drive away.


Nicosia the last divided city in the world

Nicosia the last divided city in the world

Steeped in history, Nicosia can be traced back to the Bronze Age. It has been the capital of Cyprus since the 11th century AD when it was a spectacular city with a royal palace and over 50 churches. In the 16th century the city was enclosed by the Venetian wall which was built to ward of an Ottoman attack. This wall, that is still standing in part today, was circular with eleven bastions and three gates. Settlements in Nicosia can be traced back as far as 2500 years BC when the first inhabitants settled in Mesaoria. In this era, the town was known as Ledra and was probable renamed Lefkosia after the son of Ptolemy I of Egypt whose name was Lefkos. Nicosia became the centre of administration of the island in the 9th or 10th century and it was the seat of the Byzantine government during this period.