Crossing the Greenline and Into the Northern Parts of Cyprus

Northern parts of Cyprus is a sunlit slice of heaven receiving visitors in large numbers. Most of the tourists visit the southern coast resort locations during the summer where most of the action happens. Traveling through here and past the Green Line on a trip is worth the visit, and most travelers enjoy their experience as well.

Collision of Cultures

Wandering around the old towns in the northern parts of Cyprus allows you to see the architectural twists and whispers of civilizations that have sustained through the ancient times. This is obvious in the capital that is divided into two, Nicosia and Northern Nicosia. There is a beautiful Mosque that was once a cathedral called St Sofia. It features twin minarets, marble columns of the Salamis that stand tall from the Roman site.  There are townhouses displaying the Ottoman-era, the remaining of Armenian owners, bearing crosses on the door lintels.

On crossing the north into the south on the Noman’s land at the checkpoint on Ledra Street, busy bazaar stalls are featuring unique boutiques, street chatter, and Turkish signs dot the locale.  Strolling around the photographs, paintings, posters, and maps at the exhibition, displays the fascination of the European travelers in the Middle Eastern lifestyle.

There are many heritage site reconstructions carried out by the committee across the island. In the north of Cyprus, there is the countryside featuring scattered abandoned churches and cultural heritage sites, namely the one in Famagusta, the Tower of Othello from the Lusignan-era. Standing within is a dusty, tiny cave church, are icons made of rocks that present a humble sight and bear significance in the spiritual sense that these places are regarded holy by the Greek believers.

Cyprus’ story is long and way beyond the complexities of the modern-day. There is a stunning archaeological collection spanning medieval epochs, and there are a fascinating collection of images that reveal merchant ships and the trading port from the ancient times. These images haunt the sturdy castle walls within the Kyrenia in the Shipwreck Museum. There are spooky remains in the Kyrenia castle, and it is recovered from the oldest shipwreck of Cypriot waters that was sunk in 300 BC by pirates and were discovered by a diver in 1967.

Food from the Heart

The northern parts of Cyprus reveal the mishmash of culture-defining cuisine of the island and its responsibility in the riotous influence of fusion Turkish, Greek, and Middle Eastern kitchens. These are the places well-known for its Hellim, a variety of cheese. The Cypriot community has a trademark of including cheese in everything, and time-honoring meal times. In fact, in the community, the local cuisine turns mealtimes into a colorful feast.

The food varieties include many small plates of beetroot dips, hummus, pickled capers, seasonal okra, olives, roasted eggplants, pumpkin flowers, dolmades, wild asparagus, green beans to creamy mushrooms. It is sometimes accompanied by traditional desserts such as honey balls in a doughnut-form known as lokma or with the carnivore delicacy Seftali – Meatballs rolled in fat. Apart from this, there are sweet syrups, fresh walnuts and bitter oranges stored in syrup called Carob Pekmez, crispy Ceviz Macunu, and Turunc Macunu.