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Narrow street in the Old Town of Nicosia

Nicosia, the islandís capital, combines both old and new in a busy modern commercial and business centre and a centuries-old culture. The centre of the city is its old quarter surrounded by a Venetian sandstone fortress wall with a moat and heart-shaped bastions.

Mosques and palm trees give an oriental atmosphere to the old city. Wander round narrow streets with overhanging balconies and the beautifully restored pedestrian precinct with craft shops, cafes and tavernas. Make sure you stop off at St Johnís cathedral with its frescoes and the marvellous museum of Byzantine icons. In the evening catch a concert in the moat or an exhibition at the Famagusta Gate, one of the three original entrances into the old city, which has now been restored and is used as a cultural centre.

The new town spreads beyond the walls with a modern Europeanised centre of high-rise buildings, office blocks, shops and pavement cafes, expanding into suburban residential areas.

Of the cityís main sights, the Cyprus Museum houses the best collection of archaeological artefacts on the island, including a first century AD Roman statuette of Aphrodite of Soli and the original mosaic of Leda and the Swan, while the Leventis museum depicts the history of the town.

Latest update: 08/06/2009 18:16 +0300

Nicosia:
GSP | ELE | LSC | SKL | LEF | MAC | OSR | LSP | FLO | NTC | UCY
NICOSIA | LIMASSOL | MACHAIRAS

Nicosia is a modern city with a multitude of sports facilities that have hosted numerous major international competition. The infrastructure in place is ready to welcome the participants of the XIII Games of the Small States of Europe CYPRUS 2009.

The compact nature of the capital of Cyprus means that all venues are within easy reach of the accommodation of the participating delegations and also at a close distance between them.

Please click on a venue from the table below for more details. The official abbreviations for each of the venues appears in brackets.

The Main Press Centre of the XIII GSSE is scheduled to operate at the Hilton Hotel, in downtown Nicosia.

Regional Press Centres will also operate at each of the venues.

GSP Sports Complex [GSP]
The GSP Sports Complex will be the venue for the Athletics competition, plus the Opening and Closing Ceremonies.
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"Eleftheria" Indoor Hall [ELE]
Venue of the men's and women's Basketball matches of the XIII Games of the Small States of Europe CYPRUS 2009.
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"Lefkotheon" Indoor Hall [LEF]
The "Lefkotheon" will host the Judo competition of the XIII Games of the Small States of Europe CYPRUS 2009.
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Olympic Shooting Range [OSR]
The Olympic Shooting Range in Nicosia will host the Shooting events during CYPRUS 2009.
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"Evangelos Florakis" Multipurpose Hall [FLO]
All Table Tennis matches will be held at the "Evangelos Florakis" Multipurpose Hall in Nicosia.
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National Tennis Centre [NTC]
The National Tennis Centre of Nicosia will host the Tennis competition of the XIII Games of the Small States of Europe.
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University of Cyprus [UCY]
The indoor hall of the University of Cyprus in Nicosia will be the venue for the men's and women's Volleyball matches.
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