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Cypnet > Articles > Through The Streets Of Old Girne

Through The Streets Of Old Girne
 

If you follow the street in front of the mosque and turn right, many of the buildings in this neighbourhood are revitalized. On the same route you will pass the northen side of a medieval church called CHRYSOPOLITISSA. These anrrow streets and old houses attest to the fact that Girne was a small town with a small population.

North Cyprus - Cafer Pasha Mosque

Within the protective walls of the old town nothing much remains from medieval times. The walls have also disappeared except three of the watchtowers. One of them is on Hurriyet Avenue, presently used as an art gallery. The second is in a dilapidated state and the third is in the middle of the historical harbour water-frount.

   
North Cyprus - Chrysopolisitta

Further within the modern part of the town try to find the "fire brigade". Near it are the administrative buildings of the British Colony. They are presently use to house the district office and the courts. The Old Turkish Quarter of Girne is not far. This settlement was established during Ottoman times. Being away from the sea front we may suppose that Turkish Cypriots choose to build their houses inland so as to avoid the humidity. Here you may see a charming little mosque, a tomb and many old houses. Amongst the traces of past years "YAZICIZADE Mosque" is a temple recalling the duration of Islam in Cyprus. The tomb of "Kavuklu

Dede", a learned man buried here, gives testimony to the history of Turkish Cypriots.

Apartment blocks of present day Girne are replacing the single-storey houses of Cyprus. Now we are left with the memories of former Girne whose people, in love with nature, earned their living as fisherman or in farming.

So now is the time to discover nostalgic Girne! If you happen to pass by the local bakery, don't forget to buy fresh bread and "bidda"(local pie).

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