Attractions

Top Choice Historic Site in Famagusta (Gazimağusa)

Venetian Walls

Defining the Old Town, these imposing ramparts were constructed by the Venetians in the early 16th century. Although over 15m high and up to 8m thick, and surrounded by a now-waterless moat, the ramparts failed to k…
Top Choice Mosque in Famagusta (Gazimağusa)

Lala Mustafa Paşa Camii

The former Cathedral of Agios Nikolaos (St Nicholas) is the finest example of Lusignan Gothic architecture on the island, built between 1298 and 1326. Modelled on France’s Cathedral of Reims, it outshines its sister…
Historic Site in Famagusta (Gazimağusa)

Othello’s Tower

An extension of the Old Town’s walls, Othello’s Tower was constructed during Lusignan rule, in order to protect the harbour. In 1492 the Venetians further fortified the citadel and transformed it into an artillery s…
Beach in Famagusta (Gazimağusa)

Palm Beach

The best strip of sand in Famagusta, and probably the weirdest beach you'll ever visit. The edge of the sand is rimmed with ruins of hotels with blown-out windows, and the southern end comes to an abrupt halt with a…
Church in Famagusta (Gazimağusa)

St Peter & St Paul Church

Although not open to the public, the magnificent facade of this mammoth 14th-century church, which has survived intact, gives you a good impression of what Famagusta would have looked like before most of its churche…
Church in Famagusta (Gazimağusa)

St George of the Greeks Church

The ruins of this once-stately and splendidly Gothic church are one of the most picturesque in the walled city. You can still make out the faint outlines of once-rich frescos upon the interior stone walls. Beside it…
Historic Site in Famagusta (Gazimağusa)

Ravelin (Rivettina) Bastion

Also known as the ‘Akkule’ or ‘white tower’. It was here that the Ottomans first breached Famagusta's walls, surrendered by the white-flag-waving Venetians. The bastion was undergoing restoration work when we were l…
Church in Famagusta (Gazimağusa)

St George of the Latins Church

Sitting incongruously amid a traffic intersection, St George of the Latins is one of Famagusta’s oldest churches. The remaining walls with their distinctive lancet windows are a good example of early Gothic architec…
Church in Famagusta (Gazimağusa)

Nestorian Church

Built between 1360 and 1369 this Nestorian-order church has a sublimely well-preserved bell tower and squat golden-stoned facade.According to local tradition, if you take soil from the church grounds and place it in…
Historic Site in Famagusta (Gazimağusa)

Palazzo del Provveditore

The ruined arches and supporting columns (taken from Salamis) of the Palazzo del Provveditore sit opposite Lala Mustafa Paşa mosque. The triple-arched entranceway is the best-preserved part.