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Shacolas Tower Museum & Observatory
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Reviewed 30 August 2015 via mobile

This is a brilliant way to orientate oneself about the geographical layout and historical background of Lefkosia.

A quick tip. Access to the observatory is not by way of the Debenhams store, but via an entry on the side road to the right of the store as you look at it. From there a lift takes you up 11 floors to the observatory where entrance is via a small door. Entry fee is €2 though children are free.

The observatory, though to call it a museum is slightly ambitious, is brilliant and a great opportunity to see all four sides of the city. The tower is a few hundred metres from the Ledra street crossing and so gives a particularly good view of the occupied North of the city.

There are interactive displays which can be viewed in a number of different languages and tell the history and background of the buildings that can be seen.

There is also a timeline through which you can follow the development of the city and the historical issues which have led to it being divided. This could have been slightly more detailed.

There is also a small video displays which seats about 5 people which takes the viewer though events in the city's development.

A small gift shop sells generic Cypriot gifts, but sadly lacks a selection of good historical books about the city and its history's which would sell well were they stocked.

The attendant on duty when we visited on a Saturday morning was very friendly and welcoming.

Thoroughly recommended. A must for anyone wanting to get a better feel for this beautiful unique city.

Date of experience: August 2015
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Reviewed 14 August 2015 via mobile

Knew more about Cyprus and the island's history! Beautiful panoramic view from Shacolas tower! :)

Located in the center of Nicosia, the capital at Ledras Street above Debenhams with only 2€/person.

Date of experience: August 2015
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Reviewed 6 August 2015

This should be the first thing to do in Nicosia, the last divided capital. The Shacolas tower is the highest building, so from it's 11th floor observatory you'll get a glimpse of it.
There are interactive screens on every 4 sides, so you can learn what interests you and spot where it is situated.
Looking at the north side, a huge Turkish flag carved in the mountain catches your eye.

Date of experience: July 2015
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Reviewed 5 August 2015 via mobile

A nice view of Nicosia, nothing special but it will worth it if you are interested to learn some historical details about Nicosia and some of the old buildings!! I have also watched a ten minute documentary video about the history of Nicosia recommended for tourists and kids who want to learn more about Nicosia..

Date of experience: May 2015
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Reviewed 28 July 2015

Located on top of debenhams on ledra street. One of the highest buildings in nicosia offers great views across...the rooftops of the surrounding area across to the occupied side. Perhaps was of more interest when you couldn't grab your passport and wander across to the occupied side to see things for yourself.

Date of experience: July 2015
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