Top choice in Nicosia (Lefkosia)

Opened in 2014, CVAR's collection of art and archival material showcases the story of modern Cyprus. Galleries full of paintings and other artworks display Cyprus as seen by its visitors, dating from the 1400s up to the mid-20th century, while exhibits of photographs, books, artefacts and primary documents from the island's colonial period give an engrossing look into the era of British rule. There's also a library containing a vast collection of books about Cyprus and the eastern Mediterranean.

The ground-floor courtyard is home to the lively, modern restaurant Balthazar. It's a good place to put your feet up with a coffee after viewing the galleries.

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Nearby Nicosia (Lefkosia) attractions

1. Panagia Chrysaliniotissa

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The church of Panagia Chrysaliniotissa is dedicated to the Virgin Mary and its name means ‘Our Lady of the Golden Flax’ in Greek. It’s considered to be…

2. Pancyprian Gymnasium Museums


The extensive museum collection belonging to the Pancyprian Gymnasium lies just to the north of the school, housed in a line of restored houses. The…

3. Chrysaliniotissa Quarter


Centred around the Panagia Chrysaliniotissa church, this residential neighbourhood on the edge of the Old City rubs right up against the Green Line, and…

4. National Struggle Museum

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This display is really for die-hard history buffs. The National Struggle Museum exhibits documents, photos and other…

5. Pancyprian Gymnasium

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Cyprus' oldest still-operating school dates back to 1812. Lawrence Durrell, author of Bitter Lemons of Cyprus, taught English here for several years in…

6. Folk Art Museum

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This museum houses the largest collection of popular art and ethnography in the Republic. The building dates back to the 15th century and was used as the…

7. Famagusta Gate

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Easternmost city gate Famagusta is the most photographed and best-preserved of the three original gates that led into the Old City of Nicosia. Its…

8. Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre

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This contemporary-art museum is housed in a former power station, and is the city’s equivalent to London’s Tate Modern. The former industrial setting is…