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Nicosia gets a multi-million euro restoration

Marisa Thomas by
Categories: Europe Tags: Cyprus
Cyprus’ capital Nicosia is undergoing a face-lift to enhance the overall tourist experience. The multi-million euro renovation will see new and improved features in the capital.

Nicosia, known to many as Lefkosia, is packed with historical sites dating back to the 16th century including the city walls and ancient shopping area, Laki Geitonia. The city also has many religious sites such as the Faneromeni Church and wants to improve the tourist experience of these cultural sites for those on holiday in Cyprus.

Plans to rejuvenate the city include a new 'Urban Recreational Park' that will include an open-air theatre, playground, bicycle route and numerous new cafes and food stalls for its visitors to enjoy. Transport is also to be improved, with new bus routes being added and a new bridge connecting Freedom Square to Solomou Square. Old buildings in the North Eastern suburb of Kaimakli will undergo big restorations including improving the weathered house facades along the main streets. The Taht-El-Kale mosque and surrounding area will be completely redesigned in order to make the quarter easier to navigate.

A spokesperson for Visit Cyprus said that though Nicosia is “already a must-see place on the list of any history-minded visitor, a series of major regeneration projects are now underway across the city in a bid to improve the infrastructure, as well as preserve the city's cherished historical legacies."

British architect Zaha Hadid, who designed the London Aquatics Centre for the 2012 Olympic Games, is said to be overseeing the rejuvenation of the 'Urban Recreational Park' in Nicosia.

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