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