A place that is definitely worth visiting in order to understand the events that took place and the heartbreak they caused is the Shacolas Tower in the old part of the city. Situated, eleven floors above the Ermes Department Ledra Street store the Shacolas tower and its 360° observatory are amongst the highest buildings in Nicosia offer visitors panoramic views over the occupied part of Nicosia and an insight into the events of 1974. There are photographs to see under each window showing the main buildings and there are touch screen displays, binoculars and telescopes to be used and an audio visual commentary available in four languages. The views are impressive with the cathedral of Saint Sophia in the occupied part of the city clearly visible and the distinctive outline of the Pentadaktylus mountains visible on the horizon. The Shacolas Tower is open daily 10.00-20.00 and entrance costs €2.00 per person The Shacolas tower, great if you are looking for things to do in Nicosia on a day out on your Cyprus holiday. Want to stay in Nicosia, why not have a look at our Nicosia Hotels page
The Shacolas Tower Nicosia is a bustling cosmopolitan city with snazzy shops and office blocks encircling its old city walls containing the old part of the city. Nicosia is a unique blend of Cypriot tradition and hospitality and the latest brightest European fashions and trends but there is a tangible sadness in the air as Nicosia is a divided capital and has been since the Turkish invasion in July 1974. If you take a walk in the old part of the city you will find your way blocked by piles of sandbags and sentry posts manned by UN soldiers because 'the Green Line' separates the Greek Cypriot southern part of the city from the Turkish Cypriot northern part. The Turkish invasion left no family untouched today many Greek Cypriot family homes are situated in the occupied part of the island as they were forced to relocate south of the Green Line that troubled Summer and likewise the Turkish Cypriots moved to the northern part of the island.