Nicosia has been the capital of Cyprus since the 10th century. It lies in the flat, central Mesaoria plain. Nicosia is only capital city in the world to be divided. The green line splits the heart of the old town, which is surrounded by high walls. In Nicosia you can easily find the important museums, the Archbishop palace, the monastery of the archangel Gabriel and the Presidential Palace.
Most of the City is very modern with hotels and restaurants, office blocks and shops, but in between the old walls a very special atmosphere is preserved. The Laiki Yitonia is a restored pedestrian area with charming, small alleys and traditional houses.