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    Nicosia- The Only Divided Capital City in the World

    Last month we travelled to the Republic of Cyprus to attend the celebration of the 115th Philippine Independence Day and Migrant Workers' Day. Cyprus is an island country in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea which is located East of Greece and south of Turkey.

    Nicosia, the capital city of Cyprus is to this day the only divided capital in the world. The invasion of invasion of Cyprus by Turkey in 1974 and the ensuring skirmishes between the two countries resulted in the partitioning of the island, the North occupied by Turkey (Turkish Cypriots) and the South by the Greek Cypriots.As fate would have it,the partition passed through Nicosia, the capital city of Cyprus.

    The Northern and Southern portions are divided by a Green Line,The UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus maintains a buffer zone between the two.

    The Northern portion which calls itself the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) is recognized only by Turkey. It has become a tourist destination of sorts, however and we had to chance to visit a few historical sites. The Republic of Cyprus allows passage across the Green Line from the South of Nicosia. We had to pass through an area where we were given entry stamps.

    Photos show the buffer zone, the entry and exit area where we present our passports, the Selimiye Mosque (which used to be the St.Sophia Cathedral), the Lusignan House and the The Buyuk (Great ) Khan which now houses amazing craft shops, art galleries.It is also a venue for cultural performance.

    Before our travel to Cyprus I did not know that there still existed a city divided, after the collapse of the Berlin wall.
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