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"A brief historical journey through the capital of Cyprus."
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Nicosia can boast continuous habitation since ancient times. From around what date is the earliest evidence of continuous habitation?
Nicosia is the English name of the city, the Greek name being Lefkosia. According to Greek mythology what was she?
In antiquity, Nicosia was one of the city-kingdoms of Cyprus but under what name?
Who was the first King of Nicosia?
Guy de Lusignan bought Cyprus and made Nicosia the capital of the entire island kingdom. Who sold the island to Guy?
Richard the Lionheart
The Venetians ruled Cyprus from 1489-1571. Nicosia was the administrative centre of the island. Due to the Ottoman threat the Venetians constructed new walls, that still exist today. The walls are shaped like a star and have how many bastions?
The Ottomans captured Nicosia in 1570 and converted all Latin churches into mosques. What was the name of the cathedral that now carries the name Selimiye Mosque?
When was administration of the island transferred to Great Britain?
In 1960 Nicosia became the capital of the newly established Republic of Cyprus.
On what date was Cyprus proclaimed as an independent country?
Cyprus gained independence in 1960 but three years later and following fights between the Greeks and Turks of the island the city was divided into Greek and Turkish quarters by a line that was drawn on a map of the city. What colour was that the line?
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Compiled Feb 02 13