Shacolas Tower Observatory

Nicosia (Lefkosia)

Shacolas Tower Observatory provides a superb vantage point across the city and the mountain range beyond. Boards below each window point out and provide explanations (in English, French and German) of various buildings and neighbourhoods, and trace the Green Line along its length as it bisects the city.

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